West Surrey Group suspended during Covid-19 outbreak. To support WaterAid please go to www.wateraid.org. Thank you!

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

By 2030 we want everyone, everywhere to have clean water and sanitation, because we know these basic services are central to eradicating extreme poverty.

Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact.

WaterAid is the only major UK charity that focuses exclusively on providing water, sanitation and hygiene education to some of the poorest people in our world. It currently works in 38 countries across the globe with projects in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America.

By providing practical help WaterAid reduces disease and early death and lifts people out of poverty. Saving the time currently spent on walking miles a day for water lets children attend school and have time to play. It also lets adults work, grow food and look after their families. If you want to know more about the work, have a look at: www.wateraid.org.

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Campaign succcess

In September 2015 world leaders met at the United Nations and adopted the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Goal Six pledges water and sanitation for all by 2030! This was a magnificent culmination to a 3 year world wide campaign.

We are a varied group of people from West Surrey and the surrounding areas who are united in a belief that no one should go thirsty, fall ill or die for lack of safe water or sanitation or an understanding of the most basic hygiene. This is why we raise money for and awareness of WaterAid and its work.

What could be done with the money we raise:

  • As little as £15 can provide help one person with initial access to safe water.

    • £5 could pay for a bag of cement to help build a latrine slab in Bangladesh.

    • £10 could pay to rehabilitate a tube well in Nepal.

    • £50 could pay for building a Bio-Sand filter to give clean water to a family of 7 people in Uganda.

    • £200 could pay for a locally built rope pump in Burkina Faso.

    • £1000 could pay for a school latrine block in Mali.

Providing hygiene education

Martial demonstrating how to wash hands with soap, Andranomalaza, Madagascar. September 2013.

Photo WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

Providing Water

Collecting water at the handpump, Adi awna waza, Ethiopia

Photo copyright WaterAid/ Marco Betti

Providing safe sanitation

Chanbanu, member of the Community Based Organisation (CBO) management committee, at the latrine block, Kalyanpur slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Photo copyright WaterAid/ Juthika Howlader

Campaigning to influence decision makers

Water Works!

At a time when international aid is controversial, we have a very simple message:

  • Poor water and sanitation costs Sub-Saharan Africa around 5% of its GDP each year, equivalent to the amount of aid the continent currently receives from western nations.

  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, over £4.00 is returned in increased economic productivity.

WaterAid West Surrey is the shortened name for West Surrey Group in Support of WaterAid