When this year first started I thought about the things I wanted to accomplish and one of the first things that came up was doing something big for charity. After much research, a particular event called out to me and I felt drawn to join in. And now, it's official; I will be going on a two-week trek across the terrain of the island of Madagascar in Africa in support of the great charity WaterAid this November.
The journey will include a summit of the island's highest accessible mountain peak (Pic Boby at 2658 meters) and will cover about 70km of ground in total. It will be challenging, but an adventure of a lifetime and I'm so glad I’ll be able to raise funds for such an important cause along the way.
Because 663 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them. Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of people it's a daily reality. Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions don’t have access to these basic services. By supporting them, you are helping WaterAid end this crisis for everyone, everywhere by 2030.
Madagascar has a very pressing need for urgent work to improve people’s access to water and toilets. Only half the population of 24 million has access to safe water and only one in ten people have access to sanitation; 90% of the population live below the poverty line on less than two US dollars per day and diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation is the second biggest child killer. Each year 2,100 children die before they reach the age of five.
My fundraising will be restricted to a Focused Country Project in the region of Bongolava. This region has one of the poorest rates of access to water (30%) and sanitation services (11%) in the country. The works will include the construction of a new gravity flow water system that will provide water points for communities & schools. It started in 2015 and is due to be completed in the spring of 2018 - If you are interested in learning more about the project and other WaterAid works in the region, please click here to download an information booklet.
As far as my fundraising goes, I have just over seven months to raise £4400 and would like to ask that you please consider sponsoring me. Any amount that you could spare would be greatly appreciated by me as well as the charity. As part of the trip I will also be visiting the site where this specific WaterAid project in taking place and I'll get to observe how WaterAid are working with local communities and see firsthand the difference the donations received are making; I intend to document and openly share this.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I can’t wait to share the rest of this journey soon!