Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water employee to visit WaterAid’s work in Uganda

7 years 9 months ago

A Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Education Ranger will get to see first-hand how international charity WaterAid transforms lives when she visits the charity’s safe water and sanitation projects in Uganda next month.

Fiona Wase, who has worked as an Education Range in the Elan Valley for the past 17 years, will be representing the water company on the week-long trip, departing on 15th November along with fundraisers from eleven other water companies. Fiona will meet with communities to find out what life is like without safe water and sanitation and visit WaterAid projects in both urban slums and rural villages to see how the money raised by Welsh Water employees and customers is making a difference.

Uganda has a population of over 35 million. Diseases are common throughout the country due to contaminated drinking water sources and poor sanitation. WaterAid estimates that only 31% of the population has adequate sanitation and 320,000, children under five die every year as a result of this.*

As part of the trip, to the Kampala region of Uganda, Fiona will spend time with a local family living without clean water and sanitation, learning first-hand about the challenges they face without access to these vital resources. She will also meet children from local schools, sit in on hygiene education sessions, take part in some construction work and learn how access to clean water and sanitation has helped transform people’s lives.

Speaking about the forthcoming trip, Fiona said: “I feel very lucky to have been chosen to go on this visit. I have been fascinated by East Africa’s landscape, people and culture since I was a teenager, so the chance to see firsthand what I have read and heard about is very exciting indeed!

“It will be great to see firsthand how the money Welsh Water has raised has been put to good use to help people obtain clean drinking water and sanitation.  When I return, I hope to be able to transfer my experiences from the visit to Uganda, to children from local schools here in Powys and further afield. I will have the opportunity to show them the differences between our world and that of the people in Uganda, where we use an average of 150 litres each per day and of course take it for granted that safe drinking water will always be available to us whenever we want it!”

Every hour, WaterAid helps over 100 people gain access to clean water in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Trip leader, Isabelle Herszenhorn, from WaterAid, said: “The money raised by Welsh Water fundraisers like Fiona helps WaterAid change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. This is a great opportunity for her to see first-hand how hard work and generosity here has made a real difference to communities in Uganda.

Welsh Water is actively involved in a wide range of fundraising activities every year. In the past ten years staff have raised over £1m. The company has also supported WaterAid through the annual customer appeal. Since it was launched in 1993, customers have given over £3.5 million – enough to help over 450,000 people gain access to safe, clean water and sanitation.

For more information please see www.wateraid.org  


About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 17.5 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 12.9 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid

  • Around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
  • 783 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.
  • 2.5 billion people live without  sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

 *Sources: World Bank (2011) World Development Indicators database - databank.worldbank.org, WHO / UNICEF (2010) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report 2010, UNDP (2011), Human Development Report 2011