WaterAid

Blogs relating to Anglian Water’s work with the charity WaterAid.

Why should you support the Deliver Life appeal?

This winter WaterAid – a charity very close to our hearts here at Anglian Water – is asking people to donate to its Deliver Life appeal to help mothers and babies without access to clean water.

Another Christmas another appeal, I hear you say. Well from a personal perspective I’ve seen the conditions some women […]

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The final day – how WaterAid makes a difference…

It was our final full day visiting communities in Malawi today. The difference made to both villages by addressing the issues of hygiene and sanitation was clearly evident. In both places they now have latrines for each house, which put a much-overdue end to open defecation around their villages.

However, the difference between the two villages […]

  • Richard Boucher's WaterAid supporters' trip to Malawi - a new well in a rural village
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    Day 4 in Malawi – the well is the mother of the village…

Day 4 in Malawi – the well is the mother of the village…

Wow! What a contrast to yesterday’s visit to the health clinic. Today we visited two villages where WaterAid and its partners have worked with the communities to totally transform their lives.

The welcome we received at both villages was colourful, musical and, above all, warm-hearted. But it wasn’t always like this for them. For one […]

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Day 3 in Malawi – a day of two halves…

It was a long day today. We headed up to Kasungu, which is a smaller town in the central region. After meeting the council we went on to a local school. The school has over 4,800 pupils and it felt like most of them came to greet us all at once! It was a fantastic and […]

  • Residents of Lilongwe washing clothes in the Kamuzu reservoir
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    Day 2 in Malawi – the Lilongwe water board and the Kamuzu Dam…

  • Children in Lilongwe searching through litter
  • The Lilongwe local WaterAid team

Day 2 in Malawi – the Lilongwe water board and the Kamuzu Dam…

So today was my first full day in Malawi, which started rather early with a very loud call to prayer across the city at 5am – still, he had a good voice!

Our first visit was to the WaterAid offices to meet the team. The complexity of the situation in Malawi is immense, from corruption […]

Arriving in Malawi…

Photo – arriving into Lilongwe.

It still amazes me how far we can travel in such a short time. I find it incredible that I left heavy rain in London and 15 hours later – travelling via Addis Ababa – landed at Malawi International Airport into a completely different culture and the clearest blue sky […]

By |July 14th, 2015|WaterAid|Comments Off on Arriving in Malawi…|

Day 6 – Kampala slums

This has been the most difficult day to take in and process. I have tried to walk you through life in the slums. I apologise as it’s longer than my previous posts but with such shocking living conditions and three deaths whilst we visited, I really wanted to show you what life there is […]

By |November 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized, WaterAid|Comments Off on Day 6 – Kampala slums|

It’s no joke – World Toilet Day…

World Toilet Day is something I usually mark every year by raising money at the Anglian Water WaterAid quiz. This year was a little different, as you can imagine. The theme of this year’s campaign was #It’sNoJoke – designed to use toilet humour to highlight that for the 2.5 billion people who still can’t access a […]

By |November 21st, 2014|WaterAid|Comments Off on It’s no joke – World Toilet Day…|

Day 4 – Boboya village

When we arrived in Boboya we were given the warmest welcome I have ever received. Grace was singing and when we met her she gave us a big hug, thanked us for visiting and called me her daughter. Grace lives with her husband Augustine, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They have eight children, seven have […]

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Day 3 in Uganda – a day in Ojili…

Today we spent the day in Ojili village with Deborah and her family. Deborah is married to Michael, who is a teacher at the local school, and they have three children. Pirus is 6, Oscar is 4 and Thomas is 8 months. Deborah could not speak much English so we were joined by Sarah and […]

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