Students on Isle of Man advocate for WATSAN

Students from schools on the Isle of Man took part in the One World Charity Challenge, with a team from King William’s College (KWC) making a presentation about WATSAN at the Inter-School Final.

The One World Charity Challenge is an initiative sponsored by AFD Software, giving students the opportunity to speak out for people in the developing world, through creating a presentation examining the work of a charity. WATSAN was invited to be one of the charities featured, and so trustee Kate Parrinder worked with the students from KWC to share information about our work and case studies they could use for their presentation and advocacy project.

The KWC team representing WATSAN was Molly Grint, Adna Salihovic, Laora Tobelaim, Eugenia Chan, Niya Trenkova and Maria Dwyer.

In the build-up to the presentation, the students designed a special wrapper for reusable water bottles they had bought at a reduced rate. They then sold the bottles to their contacts to raise funds for WATSAN, and raise awareness amongst their peers. The label’s QR code links to the WATSAN website.

During the final, the students gave a well received presentation outlining the need, WATSAN’s project methodology and a case study from WATSAN’s project at Bwambara Hill. WATSAN congratulates them in coming fourth in the final, winning prize money of £200 for WATSAN, plus £33 raised through the sales of the bottles.

In their presentation the students argued: “Water is a life-changing resource vital to all of humanity. Without it, we become non-autonomous; no education, disease, and no dignity. Water is the difference between life and death. It is the difference between an education and being unemployed. It is everything.” We couldn’t agree more! A huge thank you to the students for their efforts on behalf of WATSAN.

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Success at The Funding Network London with nearly £10k raised for Kihihi Hill

WATSAN trustee Kate Parrinder pitched at live crowdfunding event The Funding Network in central London on 22nd January, and succeeded in raising £9,735 to help us complete the project at Kihihi Hill.

The Funding Network is the chance for four charities to deliver a timed pitch to an audience of philanthropists who are ready to give substantial sums if convinced of a project’s merits. The presenter is given a strict six-minute time limit, with a further six minutes for questions from the floor.

Alongside the three other shortlisted charities, Kate pitched for funding to finish off WATSAN’s project at Kihihi Hill, where toilet facilities were yet to be funded. The audience responded well to the pitch and during the pledging session the target for the presentation (£5,000) was smashed, with over £8,000 pledged on the night and further funds coming following the event.

Kate was ably supported by fellow trustee Graham Piper who gave a decisive two-minute sponsor’s pitch and kicked off the donations.

You can watch a video of Kate’s pitch below!

Chris Dunckley, aged 9, supports new WATSAN motorbike

Budding actor Chris appeared in the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert on ITV, and chose to give part of his fee to WATSAN.If you saw the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert on ITV, you may have seen Chris Dunckley taking the starring role as Nick the Sweep. Chris chose to give part of his fee towards the purchase of the new motorbike for WATSAN’s Kinkiizi Link Person Moses Kabarebe.

Matt, Chris’s Dad, is well known to many of or supporters as our much-loved medic on the bi-annual WATSAN walks. His wife Jenny, also a doctor, and the two boys Jono and Chris, walk with us too when their sporting commitments allow.

The other half of the cost of the motorbike was generously contributed by the late Sir John and Lady Sheila Houghton, long-term supporters of WATSAN.

Pictured below is the motorbike proudly straddled by Moses. WATSAN’s Field Director Eric Baingana says: “The motorbike was picked from Toyota Uganda LTD-Kampala on 27th January, 2020. Then we took it to Kinkiizi for commissioning by Bishop Dan, after which it was handed over to Moses for use. Many thanks for those great efforts to buy it.”

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WATSAN to pitch at The Funding Network’s London event

The live crowdfunding event in January 2020 will allow us to present to an audience of donors and request funds for better sanitation at Kihihi Hill.

The Funding Network‘s live crowdfunding events are about raising money collectively, in one evening, for causes the audience believes in. At the events, an audience of donors meets and hears from four charities with solutions to social issues. Each of them has six minutes to talk about the change they are making and how donors can support them, plus six minutes for questions. Once that’s done, an expert pledge master takes the audience through an auction of pledges, after which each charity takes away funds for their cause.

We are thrilled that WATSAN has been selected as one of four charities to pitch at The Funding Network’s New Year event on 22nd January 2020 at Goodman Derrick LLP in central London. Trustee Kate Parrinder will once again put WATSAN’s case to an audience of donors, having succeeded in raising over £5,000 at a Funding Network event in Oxford in 2018 (pictured above). The pitch will centre on funds needed for two new toilet blocks in Kihihi Hill, plus the associated health and hygiene education.

Kate will argue that dignified, clean sanitation is not just about loos; it has spectacular knock-on effects, starting with improving health, but leading to rocketing attendance records and exam results, which ultimately creates sustainable economic prosperity for the whole community.

If you would like to attend this event and watch the pitch, please sign up here.

WATSAN funding partners bring over £42k to the project

WATSAN is most grateful to partners Tearfund and The Rotary Club for funding two major transformative water and sanitation projects in Uganda.

The Rotary Club of Bishop’s Waltham have raised £7,300 for a project at Kinyasano Girls High School. The water and sanitation need at this school reached crisis mode when the borehole pump, which was the only supply that could span the dry season, failed. WATSAN has already installed a replacement hand-operated pump, and the Rotary funding will allow us to protect a new spring and supply clean and dignified sanitation to the school.

Longstanding WATSAN partners Tearfund have now contributed £35,000 to Phase 2 of an ambitious gravity flow scheme at Buhunga. More than 60% of the population in the project area draw water from unprotected springs, ponds and streams, and the rest fetch from a few and distant protected springs. When Phase 2 is complete, nine tapstands will serve over 2,000 people with first-time improved water supply, integrated with sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education.

Our heartfelt thanks to our funding partners, who have given WATSAN the opportunity to have a huge impact on these two communities.

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