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WaterAidPublished: 2011-03-28 09:46:00 | Category: LYJA
The 22nd of March 2011 was a very significant event: United Nations World Water Day. A chance for people around the world to walk in solidarity and to take a stand to end the water and sanitation crisis that exists in many third world countries.
To mark the day, the global campaign group, End Water Poverty, organised a massive global event: ‘World Walks for Water’. It was hoped that 100,000 people would participate globally, but more than triple this number were involved!
In London, WaterAid, in partnership with Tearfund, hosted a symbolic event to help raise awareness of the staggering number of people around the world who do not have access to clean water.
Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Head of Campaigns, reminds us that “2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water or sanitation.”
In many countries, people walked for 6 kilometres – the average distance women and children walk to collect their water for basic needs.
In an act of unison, 41 Members of Parliament left the House of Commons and either worked a water pump or carried water around a circuit in the adjacent Victoria Tower Gardens. The Young Journalist Academy, represented by Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford, was there to report on this major event.
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, told our reporter “4000 people die everyday from dirty water, needlessly.”
Congleton’s MP Fiona Bruce, who briefed the Young Journalist Academy and other members of the press beforehand in the House of Commons, said that she herself has ties with the water industry, as her father was a water engineer, so she is very passionate about supporting WaterAid. She added “What I want to do is to see many MPs supporting this project and to make a difference.”
WaterAid has recently reached the £100,000 milestone in money from donations and fundraising. This huge achievement underlines how hard they have been working to save many thousands of people, especially children under five year old, from untimely deaths, whether from drinking unsafe water or from catching deadly diseases caused by poor sanitation. The work goes on ceaselessly to tackle the world sanitation crisis.
Cai, Year 8, Carre’s Grammar Newsroom
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