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This Christmas, give the life-saving gift of clean water

This Christmas, we’ve launched an urgent appeal to help extremely poor communities in Ethiopia ravaged by climate change and severe water shortages to have a source of safe, accessible water.  

To show the lengths millions of people have to go to get to clean water, SCIAF Communications Officer Ian Dunn scaled the iconic Campsie Fells with a heavy, ceramic sink. It provides an insight into the gruelling, long distances families worldwide go on a daily basis just to access water.   

Reflecting on the experience Ian said, “Lugging this sink up the Campsies was absolutely knackering but so many people around the world have to make much harder journeys every day simply to get clean water and survive. It was a real reminder of how fortunate we are in this country.”  

Working in some of the world’s poorest communities we see first-hand the toll climate change, increased droughts and now the coronavirus are taking on people’s ability to access water and stay alive. A shocking 1 in 10 people worldwide who do not have access to safe water.   

Ian added, “This year especially, we all know how vital it is to wash our hands with soap and water. Yet every time I hear this, I can’t help thinking of families in the world’s poorest countries who do not have any other choice but to walk for hours to collect what is often dangerous, bacteria - ridden water.  It’s a tragedy, especially as I’ve seen first-hand how simple it can be, even in the poorest countries, to ensure access to clean, safe water.”  

With your support this Advent, we’ll renovate wells, install water pumps, and provide water filters to poor households so that families are able to have a lasting source of clean water close to home.  

This Christmas, will you give the life-saving gift of clean water?   

You can donate to our urgent appeal here.