Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Pump Aid
What’s the number one thing in life that you take for granted? A warm home? Electricity and gas at the touch of a button? Access to clean water day and night? Your smartphone? Wifi?!
For me, the number one thing I take for granted is access to clean and safe drinking water at all times of the day at night. It’s something that most of us in the UK have grown up with – the fact that clean water is always there at our disposal. Few of us have ever experienced any kind of struggle in accessing clean water.
Sadly, it isn’t like this for everyone. Pump Aid, a UK charity dedicated to working with some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities in the world, recently got in touch with me about a video they’ve put together for Global Handwashing Day. It really hammers home the message that here in the UK we do take clean water for granted. Particularly when so many people don’t have the most basic provision of clean and safe water.
I wanted to share Pump Aid’s video with Moral Fibres readers today:
If you can’t see the video then you can watch it here on YouTube.
The Importance of Pump Aid’s Work
2.3 billion people across the world still live without access to basic sanitation. This is very much a heartbreaking everyday reality for them. As a result, Pump Aid says that in Malawi, 12 children die every day from diarrohea due to using and drinking dirty water. That’s over 4000 children a year, which is truly devastating.
Pump Aid, therefore, works to provide some of the poorest communities in sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water and toilets. They also promote safe hygiene behaviour, such as encouraging people to wash their hands. This education can help reduce the chance of diarrohea by 34%.
As a result of Pump Aid’s work, Pump Aid has managed to ensure that 1.35 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean water. In fact, they have installed over 9000 water pumps. Whilst this helps to meet the needs of thousands of rural communities – they still need your help to ensure more people have access to clean water.