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British mums and children to spend a week collecting water like they do in Africa to raise money and awareness for Hope Spring Water

Written by Editorial Team, Donr

Published on Monday, 30th July 2018

Four mums and their children – Team Waveney – are determined to increase awareness and understanding of the hardships faced by their African counterparts on a daily basis, as they take on a week-long walking challenge from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August.

Tara Darrall and her friends Katie, Sophie and Suzanne – all from Waveney – will trek increasing distances and collect vessels containing up to 30 litres of water to better understand the challenge attempting to secure fresh water presents for African people every day.

‘Sometimes you realise just how lucky you are,’ Tara admitted. ‘Last year, after walking my son to school, questions just popped into my head: “Wat if I now had to walk and collect water for all the household needs? What if I had to do this every day? What if I sent the children to collect it instead? Would they be safe?” 

‘I felt a panic rising and, on returning home, I did some research – the facts were very upsetting and startling.’

Those facts do indeed paint a stark picture of life in Africa: over 340,000 children under the age of five die every year due to disease caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

An estimated 263 million people spend over 30 minutes per round trip collecting water from an improved water source – for others, up to six hours a day can be spent collecting water.

‘We felt we needed to do something not only to raise money to help but to create empathy and awareness in the younger generation,’ Tara continued. ‘Since the task of collecting water around the world mostly falls to women and children, we decided to mirror this by doing our treks to collect water with our children and friends.’ 

Team Waveney’s week-long challenge will not only raise understanding and awareness of the situation in Africa, but also raise much-needed funding for Hope Spring Water, a UK-based charity which actively assists remote African communities in identifying, developing and establishing a sustainable source of clean water.

It also aims to alleviate poverty and overcome sanitation and hygiene challenges associated with a lack of access to clean water. 

Hope Spring’s Temi Odurinde commented: ‘Money raised from Team Waveney will be used straight away on projects helping to bring clean, safe water closer to home for families. This will free up time for the children to go to school and the women to do other work.

‘The more we raise, the more we can help other access the basic human right to clean, safe water.’

More information on Team Waveney can be found on the charity’s website.