Uganda visit to highlight World Toilet Day

Janine Scott

14.11.2014

A water worker from the North East will mark World Toilet Day (November 19, 2014) in an unusual way.

Janine Scott, 27, a Communications Advisor with Northumbrian Water will see first-hand how international charity WaterAid transforms lives when she visits water and sanitation projects in Uganda this month.

Janine said: "Working for Northumbrian Water has made me realise just how fortunate we are to be able to take clean drinking water and sewage treatment for granted. I’m looking forward to visiting Uganda and eager to talk to the local communities to learn more about their lives and understand the issues they face in relation to water and sanitation.

"Many of these communities don’t have access to a safe, private toilet - something we don’t even give a second thought to here in England. Supporting World Toilet Day helps to raise vital funds and awareness of this global crisis," she said.

Janine from Chester-Le-Street has been chosen to represent the company on the week-long, fact-finding mission to Uganda, which will co-inside with World Toilet Day.

She will visit projects in both urban slums and rural villages to see how the money raised by Northumbrian Water’s employees and customers is making a difference.

The trip will help to inspire Janine and reveal the reality of life without access to essential safe water and clean toilets.

"I’ve always taken part in fundraising activities for WaterAid but I think that this trip will really drive home just how important our support is and how WaterAid can transform lives. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences when I return and motivating others to raise funds," said Janine.

The Communications Advisor, who works for Northumbrian Water throughout the North East, is running a blog and will be using her skills to raise the profile of WaterAid.

Janine’s blog can be read here: http://janinescottblog.wordpress.com/

Trip leader, Caroline Wakelin, from WaterAid, said: "It’s shocking to think that over 1,400 children are dying every day, just because they don’t have access to clean water and sanitation. Janine and the other WaterAid supporters on this trip will be given the chance to see first-hand how our projects can transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, who, once they’vegot access to the essentials of life, can attend school, go to work and start climbing out of poverty.

"This is a great opportunity for her to see how clean water and access to a toilet can make such a huge difference to communities living in Uganda," she said.

Janine, who flies out on Saturday, November 15, will be available for interviews on her return from Tuesday 25 November. Photographs and video footage of her trip will also be available.

For more media information please contact: Cara Charlton at Northumbrian Water: cara.charlton@nwl.co.uk 0191 3016720 or 07764 926728.

About WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 17.5 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 12.9 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid

o around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
o 783 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world′s population.
o 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world′s population.
o For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
o Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

**Sources: World Bank (2011) World Development Indicators database - databank.worldbank.org, WHO / UNICEF (2010) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report 2010, UNDP (2011), Human Development Report 2011

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