Yorkshire Water have paired up with international charity, Water Aid, to work on a campaign called Big Wish For Ethiopia. With this campaign, Yorkshire Water are have an aim to deliver clean water and toilets for 170,000 households across Ethiopia. I was approached by them and asked if I could help spread the word about the campaign.
In June 2015, Yorkshire Water sent three experts to Ethiopia to share their expertise with the Ethiopian Minister of Water and Irrigation and managers from twenty Water Utilities. Spending nine days in Ethiopia, the trio advised on water quality, leakage detection and asset management. This work has helped to transform many lives.
To help communicate and raise awareness of this important message and campaign, Yorkshire Water are available to deliver educational talks to schools and youth groups for FREE. By offering schools a free talk or workshop, Yorkshire Water will teach pupils how some countries still don’t have access to safe water and sanitation. In the UK, we often don’t realise how lucky we actually are to have access to such basic things, such as water.
Anne Reed, the corporate social responsibility manager at Yorkshire Water, had this to say about Yorkshire Water delivering FREE talks in schools: “We have great partnerships with lots of schools and youth organisations across the region and deliver some really interesting and engaging talks for them. Our volunteer speakers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and can really get the message across to pupils that having access to clean water and sanitation is a life and death situation.”
“Our dream is that by 2030 everyone will have a tap and everywhere will have a toilet and I would encourage schools to help us spread this message.”
Aiming to raise £1m by 2020, Yorkshire Water want to bring an end to the unnecessary deaths caused by dirty water. If you are interested in booking a talk, please visit: https://www.yorkshirewater.com/bigwish for more information.