The Value of Water


Many of you will know I’ve been running this year as part of an effort to improve my health – thanks for the love and prayers that have helped me to do this. Now I’m using my running to help others – it’s only a 5k run in Weston Park but if you can donate to TASTE it will help bring life changing help to people in Nigeria who do not have access to safe clean water.

TASTE (Charity Registration No. 1077304) helps communities in Nigeria to help themselves. It has provided professional expertise and/or resources to develop water and sanitation projects but it will also consider other infra-structure help, such as helping with primary schooling or basic health care.

I remember thinking about how much work there is involved in getting water for our plots from the pumps we have – all the priming, and pumping just to fill a couple of buckets when its dry. Imagine getting up before dawn to collect muddy water from dew-pools that have formed overnight? Or digging into the sandy river bank to get your water for your children to drink? That’s how many of the communities that TASTE support get their drinking water. How fair is that in the 21st century?

“For the ‘lucky’ ones, they simply have to trek 5km to the stream each time they want more water. It is estimated that during the dry season, women and children spend an average of five hours every day fetching water! For many children this means missing school – which doesn’t worry them too much but really hampers their education. When they get to the stream, the water they collect will often be polluted and will need to be boiled or filtered before it can be drunk. Imagine the children playing … getting hot … and running to the stream to guzzle some water!

130,000 children under 5 die every year from diarrhoea in Nigeria. That is one life every four minutes!! Little wonder that when TASTE provides clean drinking water via a borehole, the incidence of illness amongst the community – especially amongst the children – is reduced dramatically.”

If you think you can help by donating then you can use this link to my just giving page: or speak to me when you see me on Plot107.


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