Sunday, 21 March 2010

Water Aid

WaterAid is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping people escape the poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation. It is based in London, England and was established by the UK water industry as a charitable trust on 21 July 1981. By 1987 its income exceeded £1 million per annum, and its 2005-2006 accounts recorded an income of £26.9 million.
WaterAid currently works in partnership with local organisations in 17 countries in Africa and Asia to help poor communities establish sustainable water supplies and latrines, close to home. It also works to influence governments’ water and sanitation policies to serve the interests of vulnerable people and to ensure water and sanitation are prioritised in poverty reduction plans. As a matter of policy, WaterAid supports public ownership and control of water supplies, but does not take a particular view regarding public, community or private participation in service provision.
In 2003, WaterAid was named UK charity of the year at the Charity Times Awards. Also, in November 2006 WaterAid was named 'Britain's most Admired Charity 2006', as voted by its peers in the voluntary sector (in 'Third Sector' magazine). WaterAid came top of the category followed by Save the Children and The Samaritans. Andrew Cook, WaterAid’s Director of Communications and Fundraising said “We are delighted to have won this prestigious accolade. This award is testament to the tireless work of all WaterAid’s staff and volunteers both in the UK and internationally”. Water Aid is also a Stockholm Water Prize laureate.
WaterAid is a founding member of the End Water Poverty campaign calling for water and sanitation for all. Its twice-yearly magazine is called Oasis and includes news and features on planned and completed projects.
WaterAid is associated with the Glastonbury Festival. In 2006 the festival's founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily visited WaterAid's work in Mozambique and in 2007 130 WaterAid volunteers helped at the festival.
Among WaterAid's many fundraising events is Coast Along for WaterAid a sponsored walk along sections of the South West Coast Path, which took place in 2005 and 2007 and 2009.