“Those green sheets are meant to be washed and sterilised. But if there’s no water, they won’t be washed – and they won’t be sterilised.” - Juliana, midwife, Kiomboi hospital, Tanzania
When you go to hospital, there are some things you expect to be clean: the medical instruments, the sheets, your midwife’s hands.
But without enough safe water, sometimes there’s nothing Juliana can do to stop deadly infections spreading.
This winter, we want to transform conditions at Kiomboi – and you can be a part of the story.
Congratulations to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on the birth of their first child, Max, and on their setting up of a huge new charitable organisation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
In an open letter to their newborn daughter they wrote “Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today.”
We know this feeling is universal – new parents from Tanzania to Madagascar have told us the very same thing!
Health and happiness for the next generation is a must. By supporting #DeliverLife this winter you can help make it a reality for even more little people like baby Boyson :) http://deliverlife.wateraid.org/
What's your water footprint?
Fresh water availability and conservation is one of the many important issues set to be discussed at the Paris Climate Conference, #COP21, which kicked off today.
BBC Radio 5 live have worked with the Water Footprint Network to help indicate how your diet and habits affect the amount of water you use - and how you compare with the rest of the UK.
Have a go here and tell us how you do:
Mirembe, 32, is pregnant and has been waiting at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania for over a month to give birth.
There is no family with her at the hospital and she has to collect water by herself, often from the river some distance away.
She has previously lost two children but isn't sure why they died.
Mirembe gets very tired from collecting water and she doesn't get to bathe as often as she wants so she feels dirty a lot of the time.
"The water from the river is smelly, but we have to use it to wash. Women who have just given birth use it too and wash their clothes in it. It will never be safe to use."
This winter you can help women like Mirembe by supporting our Deliver Life appeal. With every penny you give doubled by the UK Government, we can reach 130,000 mums and their families around the world with safe water.
To learn more and to help women like Mirembe, click here: http://deliverlife.wateraid.org/
Photo: WaterAid/ Anna Kari
Do you have a #firstbabyselfie lurking on your phone or maybe in an old shoe box?!
A #firstbabyselfie is a pic of you with your newborn baby, a pic of you with a newborn sibling/niece/nephew, or a pic of you as a baby.
A bright future begins with a healthy start, so please share a #firstbabyselfie in solidarity with mums around the world who have to give birth without the clean water and hygiene that we take for granted.
Share your #firstbabyselfie + text DELIVER to 70123 and give £3 to WaterAid's Deliver Life appeal.* Get sharing today!
* T&C's on the web page here: http://goo.gl/vc99C1
Happy World Toilet Day!
It's No Joke that around 1 in 3 worldwide (that's 2.3 billion people) still live without a proper place to go.
Check out these 7 amazing facts about the State of the World's Toilets and please share to help raise awareness of the humble loo: http://www.wateraid.org/uk/news/new…ds-toilets
Will you do something amazing this winter? Support our Deliver Life appeal, and you’ll be helping us reach 130,000 mums and their families around the world with safe water.
That means a better start and a brighter future – and with every £1 you donate between 10 November and 10 February doubled by the UK Government, your support really will go
twice as far.
Deliver hope. Deliver joy. Deliver life.
Rodolphe, 8, from Lovasoa, Madagascar, celebrates having clean #water for the first time.
Many children in this community had never seen running water flowing out of a tap before. What this means for them is life changing - they are now able to drink clean water whenever they want, helping them to stay healthy, spend less time collecting (dirty) water, and focus on their school work... and of course, having fun :)
Toilets and sanitation are our bread and butter, and we come across some pretty odd stuff, but a pooping unicorn..? That's definitely a first!
This is definitely NOT a product endorsement... just maybe the weirdest thing on the internet this week. Enjoy!