The appeal aims to help people living in countries like drought-ravaged Zambia where extreme weather events, expected to worsen with climate change, are making life even harder for the 5.4 million people there already living without access to clean water.
For 27-year-old Orine from Moompo village in southern Zambia, the worst drought in 35 years, has forced the young mother of six to forage for leaves, fruits and seeds to feed her family.
“We go in the bush to look for wild fruits, some leaves and other edible roots. We pick those and eat while we wait for another day,” says Orine. “Our minds have been burning with ideas on what to grow if we had plenty of water.”
Orine and the rest of her community rely on a hand-dug well for their water. The drought means the well frequently runs dry and even when water is available, there’s not enough for all their needs.
“Life would be so much easier if we had water,” says Orine. “We could plant crops, harvest them, keep some and sell others for cash to meet our other daily needs.”
Congregations up and down the country can join WaterAid’s life-giving bottles Harvest Appeal by filling empty bottles with loose change, which will transform the lives of people like Orine by delivering clean water to drought-hit communities.
Donations raised through the Harvest Appeal can really make a difference. A donation of as little as £15 would provide people like Orine with a supply of water; a total of £200 could more than pay for a handpump, providing clean water for a whole Zambian village. And a collection of £597 could train local people to maintain and fix a village water point in Zambia, ensuring it works for the long term.
WaterAid has also provided a number of additional resources, including fundraising tips, Sunday school activities, an inspiring film, presentations and a poster so everyone knows the lifesaving impact of their support for the appeal.
Find out more about the appeal and how to order your resource pack at www.wateraid.org/harvest.
More information about WaterAid
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.