Can you imagine life without safe, clean water? For one in ten of the world’s population it’s a daily reality.
It’s hard to believe that today, in 2014, millions of people are unable to turn on a tap in their home, or even reach a source of water which is safe to drink near their home. 2.5 billion people live with the indignity and threat of disease because they have nowhere safe and private to go to the toilet. It’s a situation that WaterAid is working tirelessly to change and we are thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be part of this.
Thanks to your support, we will transform lives in Amuria and Namalu, two small towns in Uganda. Communities there struggle to access safe water to drink. A lack of safe, hygienic toilets means that diarrhoeal related diseases are rife. As a result, children miss out on school due to poor health and women spend hours queuing to collect dirty water for their families.
Dr Eumu Silver works at Amuria Health Centre and knows the difference that access to safe water and toilets will have on the community. He told us, “If we tackle water and sanitation and hygiene we will prevent half of our admissions in the health unit. Most of our admissions are water related. In terms of contamination these are preventable causes. There is a lot of death from diarrhoeal diseases because of contamination, because people are not washing their hands, just because there are not pit latrines, just because people are not drinking safe and clean water. Deaths from diarrhoeal diseases – they can be stopped.“
The commitment from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will have a huge positive impact on people living in Amuria and Namalu. Over the coming months we plan to improve the water supply and help the communities to build their own private toilets. But the support of players will bring so much more than safe water and toilets. Access to these basic facilities will improve health, enable children to stay in education and free up time for people to spend earning a living. Whole communities will start to lift themselves out of poverty.
We are delighted that players will be joining us on our journey as we work towards a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. We look forward to sharing stories from community members in Amuria and Namalu whose lives have been changed thanks to you.
On behalf of all the people whose lives will be healthier and longer as a result of your generosity, thank you.
This is part of a series of guest blogs written by charities and good causes supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Today’s guest blog comes from Girish Menon, Director of International Programmes at WaterAid. This fantastic charity works hard to ensure that people around the world have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
When I’m out and about working with remarkable RDA volunteers, riders and horses it’s often difficult to sum up in a few words the huge impact our activities have on lives. RDA has such a broad reach across all areas of the community. We offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an inner city setting as in the countryside.
Each person has their own story and that’s why often pictures speak louder than words!
This is Esme. She has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She started riding with RDA when she was 2 and at that time was unable to use her limbs or sit up and her hips regularly dislocated. Four years on and she has progressed beyond all expectations. She now rides without upper body support, grasps a strap with her hand and her hips no longer dislocate. The sheer joy on her face says it all!
This is Paul, he was a well-known marathon runner until his life was shattered by a stroke. Paul lost the use of his left side, became reliant on helpers to do the most basic daily tasks and sank so low into depression that he even thought of ending his own life. His doctor suggested a visit to his local RDA Group as it would be good therapy. He hasn’t looked back since. He no longer uses a wheelchair and can walk with a stick, his depression has lifted and in his own words he no longer feels wobbly, “like an egg on a pencil”! The change has been incredible.
These are two of many, many stories I could write about in this blog and I would love to share more with you from the 28,000 riders we currently have but I’m running out of space! We have a huge demand for our activities and for every one rider there are another four on our waiting list. RDA relies on voluntary donations and the generosity of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will enable us to reach more people like Paul and Esme and change their lives forever. So on behalf of them and their families can I say a huge THANK YOU!
This is part of a series of guest blogs written by charities and good causes supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Today’s guest blog comes from Sally Atkinson, Fundraising and Events Manager at Riding for the Disabled Association. This fantastic charity uses the power of horses to improve the lives of disabled adults and children across the UK.
So often, adults make assumptions about young people, particularly those in tricky and challenging situations. Judgements about the potential of young people can be made very early on. We’re keen to dispel those myths. We genuinely believe that young people have the capacity to achieve remarkable things when given the opportunity and the right guidance along the way.
Since 1999, Youth Music has worked hard to ensure that music-making opportunities for young people are for the many and not the few. This couldn’t be possible without the fantastic music leaders, project managers and youth workers across the country who make it happen on the ground. We know that making music can build the confidence, skills and aspirations of children and young people as they have fun, explore their creativity and find their place in the world.
I am often moved to hear about the difference that Youth Music projects have made to the lives of young people. For example, teenagers like Elizabeth, who dropped out of school aged 16 after she was relentlessly bullied via social media. She became socially isolated and began to self-harm. She was encouraged to join a Youth Music project in Newcastle where she could learn guitar, which gave her something positive to focus on.
Making music gave her the time and space she needed to talk. She started using song-writing as the vehicle to share and begin to deal with her feelings. As a result of her sessions Elizabeth has re-engaged with learning. She is now studying computer game design at the local college and is making new friends.
We know there are many more young people like Elizabeth who don’t currently have the opportunity to express themselves through music, and to experience the social, cultural and emotional benefits that music-making brings. Our funds go part of the way to making this happen, but in a time of austerity there are many others who are slipping through the net. We’re determined to make sure this doesn’t happen. We are hugely grateful for the generosity of our supporters, including the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who help us bring life-changing music-making opportunities to children across the country.
This is part of a series of guest blogs written by charities and good causes supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Today’s guest blog comes from Matt Griffiths, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Youth Music. Every year, this fantastic charity provides more than 90,000 disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.