The following are just a few of our diverse base of generous donors who have helped us achieve clean water and improved sanitation for over 45,000 beneficiaries across the region.
Sir John and Lady Sheila Houghton
In 2009 when Sheila took over the management of a Christian Cafe and Fairtrade Shop, run with volunteers in Tywyn, she wanted to link with a charity to which she could give the profits for use in specific areas of basic need in the developing world. Sheila says: “WATSAN was ‘heaven sent’ and ideal. Their willingness to link to a project with regular personal feedback enabled me to feel able to continue to give WATSAN substantial sums each year, even after the shop’s closure.”
John, who is a leading climate scientist, also became involved in fundraising and was particularly impressed by the ongoing sustainability work. He has now joined Sheila in supporting WATSAN’s work and mentions the charity in his recent autobiography.
Anne owns Faringdon-based enterprise Farmer Gow’s, a family-friendly day out amongst the animals and staff of a working farm. Anne says: “I went to Africa for the first time when I was 19. It was an eye opener. Despite having only been back once (when I was 21) I’ve never forgotten the huge disparity between my life and the life of millions of Africans.
“I ‘discovered’ WATSAN at my little church in Cumnor when Ian Bensted came to preach one Sunday. A small church with a very big heart, its influence has been an amazing experience. So when Ian mentioned clean water I knew straight away that I wanted to become involved. It didn’t take long for my small monthly donation to be arranged.
“Next step: a fantastic Walk for Water experience in the Shropshire hills. The longest I have ever walked in one day! And then the idea of the Sculpture Trail came to mind and that was another great experience which was a combined fundraiser with my other favourite charity.” Anne went on to host an art and sculpture trail at her farm, with proceeds of the sales benefiting WATSAN.