The fact that 1 in 10 people in the world lack access to clean water is simply shocking to us here at Lazy Susan. A staggering 663 million people in the world live without clean water. This is 2017?! Well at least charity: water are on a mission to change that.
That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide too. Or to put it another way, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas, where they can spend hours each day walking to collect water for their family.
Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water is often not even fit of drinking, carrying with it a whole host of bacteria and diseases that can make everyone sick.
How do charity: water tackle the water crisis?
charity: water work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place they work. That could be a well, a piped water system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater.
And with every water point they fund, their partners coordinate extensive sanitation and hygiene training, also establishing a local committee to help keep clean water flowing for many years to come.
Here at Lazy Susan, with the support of our loyal customers, our Do Some Good campaign has managed to raise a significant sum of money that we’ve been delighted to donate to charity: water.
Our last big donation of £7,500 was used to fund a complete pump in Ethiopia. 100% of the funds donated to charity: water goes straight to clean water projects, so we know our donation really is doing some good.
The work charity: water do depends on private donors such as us, and this investment has already funded 24,537 water projects for 7 million people around the world.
How charity: water work
They invest the money they raise into organisations with years of experience to build sustainable, community-owned water projects.
Their team works closely to ensure that all money raised is accounted for and then provides reports back to their donors. We know exactly what the money we raise is doing and where.
charity: water in Ethiopia and how Lazy Susan have contributed
In 1990, Ethiopia emerged from civil war as one of the least developed, and most impoverished countries in the world.
Since then the country has made giant strides in fighting poverty, with the expansion of clean water sources serving as a major factor.
In just over 20 years access to water has increased from less than 15% to nearly 50%.
But as the second most populated country in Africa, there’s still tens of millions of people who are forced to drink dirty water.
Access to clean water in Ethiopia reduces water collection time and disease burden, creating transformational changes in education, gender equality, and household income.
Supporting access to clean water in Ethiopia builds a critical foundation for future development and prosperity.
98,942,100 national population
37% live below poverty line
51% of rural lack access to water
72% of rural lack sanitation
charity: water started working in Ethiopia in 2007, helping to deliver clean water to 2,179,744 people. They’ve funded an impressive 7,068 projects in the country alone, with $62,448,628 invested.
The solutions charity: water use
Skilled laborers dig up to 15 meters by hand to reach aquifers below.
A drilling team drills deep into the earth to reach fresh aquifers.
Gutters on rooftops direct the flow of rainfall into a sanitary holding tank.
Gravity Fed Systems
The force of gravity feeds water into a community from an elevated source.
Networks of pipes supply water to different community tap stands.
Water Purification Systems
Installed treatment systems remove contaminants from existing systems.
Layers of sand and microbacterial film filter out contaminants.
A system captures and safely stores pure water from a natural spring.
Covered shelters provide safety and privacy for bathroom users.
charity: water’s Progress
The reason we decided to support charity: water is down to their passion for trying to solve the water crisis in our lifetime. Since they started they’ve achieved so much, but there is still so much more we can all do…
24,537 Water projects funded
7,347,032 People will get clean water
25 Local partners
The Lazy Susan ‘Do Some Good’ charity campaign
So how can you get involved with our Do Some Good campaign and how does it all work?
Well basically, when you purchase any of our garden furniture products, all we ask is that you take a photo of your new furniture in situ and email it to us.
The Lazy Susan team will then do the rest, we will make a donation to our chosen charities…
We will give our charity partners such as charity: water:
£10 for any set of customer photos of Lazy Susan furniture in your garden
£20 for your garden furniture all dressed up and ready for lunch or an evening BBQ
It’ll only take you a few minutes to take some photos and do some good. So please let’s get the cameras and phones out and please start snapping!
Water diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation can help change that.
In 2016 we were delighted to align Lazy Susan with the charity: water organisation who are dedicated to solving the water crisis in our lifetime.
Working across countries around the globe including Africa, Asia, Central and South America, they have a focus on helping rural communities get access to clean drinking water for the first time.
100% of the donations charity: water receive is used to fund water projects, and they’ve helped over 7 million people get clean water. In 2017 we’ve continued to support them, and long will it continue!