The international charity Water for Kids is celebrating 20 years of supporting communities in low income countries, by helping them access safe drinking water.
Water for Kids was first established in December 1996 and to celebrate this landmark anniversary, Matthew Pennycook MP for Greenwich and Woolwich is hosting an event at the House of Commons today.
The charity was originally started by Environmental Health Officers from the UK after they had worked on a cholera project in Peru. Since 2006, Water for Kids has raised an average of £60,000 every year and has provided water, sanitation and hygiene education to 154 communities in nine countries helping to transform the lives of more than 390,000 people.
The charity currently focuses their efforts on helping people in Africa, with projects mainly in Zambia and Uganda.
Peter Minhinnett, Chair of Water for Kids, said “All of the charity’s projects aim to be sustainable, making use of local labour and materials and involving local communities from the outset, so that they are able to maintain installations on their own.
In the UK we take safe drinking water for granted but we are extremely fortunate, while people in low income countries are not so lucky,” said Peter.
“Safe water is absolutely essential in order to lead a healthy life and through our efforts, we have improved health and education, reduced poverty and, above all, saved lives. Children have been able to attend school more regularly because there have been fewer cases of disease and safe water supplies mean communities can grow food to eat and sell and can build better homes and new classrooms more easily.”
Water for Kids aims to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in low income countries by providing safe drinking water and by improving hygiene and sanitation. In doing so, it contributes to a number of the UN Sustainable Development goals and targets improving the health and wellbeing of many communities.
Initiatives carried out in the past 20 years includes building dams making it easier for people to collect safe water from a pipe, drilling boreholes and providing hand pumps and stand-pipes, harvesting rainwater for schools and clinics, and training families to build their own toilets and tippy-taps for hand-washing.
In the coming year, Water for Kids will be completing a range of projects such as conducting a comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene education project in the village community of Mukuutu in Uganda and providing water, using solar power, to both the school and clinic in Katoba, Zambia.
Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health said “Over the last 20 years, Water for Kids has worked closely with communities to achieve sustainable water supplies and to promote better hygiene. This has been an impressive achievement and has resulted in a lasting improvement in life for almost 400,000 people.”
Peter added: “I am extremely proud to be able to celebrate 20 years of Water for Kids and we hope that we can continue to help people living in low income countries to get easy access to clean, safe and sustainable drinking water long into the future.”
New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team
Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team.
Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid.
Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of assets on behalf of 643 charities nationwide, making it a leading charity manager in the UK.
Charles has over 30 years’ investment experience and has worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Newton Investment Management and Investec Wealth & Investment. Among other key roles at these firms, he was responsible for founding and launching the Charities Property Fund with Savills in 2000: the first Common Investment Fund investing in UK commercial property. Over 1,800 charities have invested in it to date with assets of over £1 billion.
In his new role at Quilter Cheviot, Charles will help develop the firm’s specialist charity capability.
Charles commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining Quilter Cheviot. Not only do they have an envious track record of delivering robust performance, but also a strong reputation for helping charities with their investments. Quilter Cheviot retain the ethos that the people you meet are the people managing your portfolio. As a trustee, I am only too aware of the challenges facing charities and the value put on having a strong relationship with someone you can trust.”
William Reid head of charities commented “We are delighted to welcome Charles to Quilter Cheviot as he is well qualified to enhance our capabilities. In light of the significant advice gap in the charities sector, the key to help resolving this is to recruit high calibre individuals who not only understand investment but are in tune with the challenges that trustees face.”
Charles is a trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, RL Glasspool, a grant giving charity which aims to help people step out of poverty, and PRISM, which helps to promote and to facilitate charitable giving in a flexible and efficient manner. Charles also sits on the board of the Charity Investors Group, a forum promoting a greater understanding of investment within the sector.
Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
£6,000 Raised For Charities Through Business Networking Events
Double Whammy Networking CIC (DW), a social enterprise that organises successful Southend and Castle Point business networking events.
The events focus on effective business networking, but the events are sponsored and at least 60% of the ticket price goes to a ‘charity pot’ to support local charities and good causes.
By the end of 2016, DW had raised a grand total of £6,000 to support 22 different charities and community groups.
Managing director Jill Poet stressed that ensuring quality business networking is always a priority and that, apart from an optional card draw, no fundraising takes place at the actual events. She explained: “I’m a veteran networker myself and I understand the importance of business people being able to attend an event without feeling pressurised to give, give, give.. We just don’t do that, although we often find that excellent long term relationships are established between the business and community sectors. Additionally, our events are ad hoc and there is no joining or membership fee, no commitment to attend regularly, and no requirement to give an elevator pitch. The events are relaxed and ideal for established businesses and start-ups: we make everyone welcome.”
The next event is a networking breakfast sponsored by and to be held at the Arlington Ballrooms in Leigh-on-Sea on 17th January. A basic ticket is just £7.50 including refreshments. £6 from each ticket sold will go towards supporting the SoS Domestic Abuse Project and SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex)
Booking is essential. Book via this link http://buytickets.at/dwnetworking/73578. Or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387 for more information.