Women get an insight into Water Aid charity work

Lancaster Park WI party arriving at Horton Grange Hotel.
Lancaster Park WI party arriving at Horton Grange Hotel.

Lancaster Park WI

THE first 2013 meeting of Lancaster Park WI took place on January 3 with a talk by Sue Nutall, giving members an insight into the work of the charity Water Aid.

This was officially established as a charitable trust in July 1981.

Water Aid’s vision is for a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

Members were advised that at present one in 10 of the world’s population does not have access to safe water; 2,000 children a day die from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water; 2.5billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation and that half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.

Water Aid works with local organisations who understand local issues and provides them with the skills and support to help set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their needs.

Currently, women in rural Africa spend an average of 26 per cent of their time fetching water.

The weight of that water, carried on their heads, is around 20kg, the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance.

The construction of wells and latrines form two of the first essential steps in overcoming poverty.

The simple act of washing hands with soap and water can reduce diarrhoea diseases by 40 per cent.

From establishment of the charitable trust in 1981,Water Aid has grown from strength to strength and long may it continue to do so.

Changing the subject, members had voted at an earlier meeting to have the annual Christmas lunch after Christmas rather than before.

January 11 therefore saw approximately 30 ladies descending on the Horton Grange Hotel in anticipation of what was to come. They were not disappointed.

The surroundings, the food and the presentation were all first class and members Margaret Bell and Blanch Stewart-Cole were roundly thanked for their organisation.

The next meeting will take place on February 7, at Morpeth All Saints School, Pinewood Drive, at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Please contact Carol Wilkinson on 01670 510933 for further information.