Maureen, Annie, Richard and Pam have sent us these fab photos from Corpus Christi in Boscombe. They’ve worked really hard to raise awareness of the issue of clean water and the struggle particularly women and girls have to collect it around the world.
The monies raised by this great community will give children, particularly girls, around the world, a better chance of being able to go to school – girls such as 14-year-old Proscovia from Northern Uganda. Proscovia had to leave school to collect water for the family, whilst her mum was out earning money to buy food. One in four people in Uganda do not have access to safe water.
CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump in Proscovia’s village and the change in Proscovia’s life came overnight – the pump by her home, allowed the family to get the water when they needed it. She had time for school and could pursue her goal of becoming an engineer. CAFOD partners also taught Proscovia’s mother how to maintain the pump, so if it broke in the future she, or anyone else nearby could then fix it for themselves.
Hear Proscovia’s story in our special film below.
Right now, 650 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack something as basic as access to a toilet and sewage system. It is also estimated that women and girls worldwide spend 125 million hours a day collecting water, which means time away from work, school or playing with friends.
The money raised from Corpus Christi and all our parishes in the Portsmouth diocese in aid of our Lenten appeal will help our partners ‘Turn on the Taps’ across the world by repairing or providing water pumps and training in order to maintain them. It will also help fund hygiene programmes, education in sanitation and the building of latrines.
And what’s even better – all the funds raised will have double the impact this year because we have secured UK Aid Match Funding for our Lenten appeal. This means that the UK government will match pound for pound every donation made to the appeal – up to the value of £3.5M. Terrific!
Thank you so much everyone at Corpus Christi for helping our partners provide clean water and better sanitation for thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.
Find out more about CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal. (link is http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-CAFOD/Lent )