Fundraisers from Air Technology Systems in Bromsgrove, saw first hand the difference their efforts have made when they visited WaterAid projects in Mali, as part of their fundraising partnership with business customer Wessex Water.
With a population of 12.4 million, Mali in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world. Around 40% of people do not have access to safe water and 55% still do not have access to proper sanitation. WaterAid has been working in the country since 2000 to assist with its vast water and sanitation needs.
The ATS Team visited communities in Mali who do not have access to safe water and sanitation to find out what life is like without these basic necessities. They joined the people of Piguè on the 3km daily walk to their nearest water source.
They also visited communities where WaterAid is already working to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education and saw how the money they have raised has transformed lives and helped lift people out of poverty. In the village of Enè they saw how a network of rainwater harvesting systems is giving families a reliable source of safe water through the dry season.
Steve Boon, Managing Director of ATS commented:
“We walked the 6km round trip to another village’s well because the well at Piguè had dried up. This was a lesson in survival for us in 45°C of heat, a real mission for us, but something families there can need to do 3 times a day. As WaterAid bring more resources to this village it will have a vastly improving effect on the lives of the villagers.”
“I had not expected to see the vast difference that the intervention of WaterAid could make on a community and the change it would make to people’s lives. This together with the resourcefulness and tolerance of the people, both in the urban and rural areas was awe inspiring.”
The ATS Team commented “Water is a massive problem for everyone in Mali. Most people live in extreme poverty and water is a matter of life or death. WaterAid work with the local authorities to help raise the awareness and educate people in the importance of safe and clean water for drinking, cooking, sanitation and hygiene.”
“The communities we visited had very little but were so pleased to see us as we were representatives of WaterAid and they recognised and appreciated what a great job WaterAid is continuing to do.”
Vanessa Ashton, Regional Development Manager at WaterAid, says: “This visit to Mali enabled us to show Wessex Water and their partners exactly how their hard work and generosity has helped transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the Wessex for West Africa initiative for their support.”
The ATS Team were accompanied by other representatives from the fundraising partnership called ‘Wessex for West Africa’ including two directors, which lead the initiative, Wessex Water.
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