I recently joined the special WaterAid Project Sunshine team so I wanted to share the great work behind this project with you.
WaterAid is an amazing charity that now has teams in 37 countries worldwide making great progress towards a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water and a safe running toilet. The aim of Project Sunshine is to show the life-changing effect that clean safe water can have for the world’s poorest of the poor. The project shares the story of Claudia, a 15 year old girl living in Zambia who has experienced a life-changing transformation over the last couple of years from gaining the access to clean water.
Watch her captivating story told by her singing ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ HERE.
At such an age in your teen years the transition between childhood and adulthood brings unrecognised hormones and changes which bring a desired need for privacy. Yet for many teenagers worldwide this privacy is not there and the reality is somewhat very different to how we went through these years. Imagine going through those uncomfortable days without access to a proper toilet or running water.
I had a first hand experience of not having access to clean water or a running toilet during a three week expedition to Uganda with World Challenge in 2010. During the trip we were building a school and had access to a nearby river (shown in the picture) where we washed ourselves and our clothes and collected water to treat with iodine to later drink. Not having access to water to safely drink instantly was an eye opening experience to us all and it did change my perspective making me realise how lucky we are. The months after the trip I did alter my water usage and did go through a phase of timing my family in the shower much to their dismay.
Access to water is a basic human right. Yet it amazes me how in this day of age we are able to invent drones to transport online deliveries within half an hour but 1 in 10 people are currently living without access to safe water. “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer”.
In this project, WaterAid aren’t predominantly asking for you to donate money but they are seeking the online community to watch, listen and spread Claudia’s story to raise awareness of the incredible impact access to clean water can have. The more we as global citizens get involved and share awareness, the higher the prospect of larger government involvement. Together we can achieve high outcomes of this project and make worldwide access to clean water reality.
The future belongs to us, because we have taken charge of it. We have the commitment, we have the resourcefulness, and we have the strength of our people to share the dream across Africa of clean water for all. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
It is amazing to be part of this continued journey and so can you. Keep an eye out as the project unfolds and for Claudia coming to your television screen soon. Spread Claudia’s story with #sharesunshine to represent the amazing works of WaterAid and the transformation that needs to be continued to build a better, safer and more just world.
If you want to make a donation you can text SUNNY to 70060 to give £3 today to help reach more people like Claudia.
‘Spread the Sunshine’