World Water Day 2013
Today is World Water Day. That may not mean a whole lot of anything to many of you. But to us, it is an opportunity to unite with other organisations who operate with the mission of trying to ensure that in the 21st century, people around the world should no longer die of the diseases which are more commonplace in British history books than hospitals.
Friday 15th was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr John Snow, a remarkable man who first made the connection between cholera and consumption of polluted water. We wrote a guest blog for the World Walks for Water about the bi-centenary, which you can read here, and managed to get #HappyBirthdayDrSnow used as a Twitter hashtag worldwide.
But that is ancillary to the real way we mark World Water Day, which is by getting on with the hard, unglamourous grind of our work as a service provider – doing the work on the ground. This year marks our 30th anniversary and we are devoting time and resources to ensure that as close to 100% of the sources we have constructed are functional. This means that at least 50% of our workload is in refreshing the database, tracking down sources which were built before the Berlin Wall came down, checking if they are still working and repairing them if not. Anything less is a disservice to the communities we purport to serve.
Today, along with our normal work, we joined in the World Walks for Water. The main event was in Uganda where our Project Manager, Loy, organised a walk of 250 people, which you can read about here. In the UK we also joined in Pump Aid’s walk from the site of the pump where Dr Snow established that disease could be water borne. Both cases were an example of the coming together of organisations and people of common purpose, which perfectly sums up the spirit of the 2013 World Water Day theme: water cooperation.