Since 2005, Water for Kids has been running field trips to Uganda and Zambia. These provide an opportunity for members, not only to see the projects, but to work alongside local people getting hands on experience. Click here for details of the most recent field trips to Uganda and Zambia.
Find out how Water for Kids contributes to the Millennium Development Goals.
Take a minute to imagine your life without a constant supply of clean water. Imagine spending six hours of your already busy day fetching the water you and your family need for drinking, cooking and washing. Now take a moment to honour the four children whose lives were cut short as this minute passed due to preventable water-related diseases.
The statistics are grim, incomprehensible even, but the reality is that safe and readily available water, a right we so often take for granted, is merely a dream for over 13 per cent of the world’s population. In fact, 884 million people throughout the world do not have access to safe water and 2.5 billion people have no access to basic sanitation, according to the UK government. Diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid kill thousands of children every day.
(Developments Journal, November 2009).
Water for Kids aims to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures.
Water for Kids aims for a holistic approach to the prevention of waterborne disease and, in terms of its ethos, the charity adopts what we call the 'three legged stool'. The first leg is the provision of safe water, the second is ensuring there is improved sanitation and the third is hygiene education.
Projects in Uganda and Zambia are managed on behalf of Water for Kids by local environmental health professionals. We also fund projects which are managed by other organisations, which we know and trust, they are also encouraged to involve health professionals.
Water for Kids considers sustainability to be the essence of its projects, there is no point in bothering unless it’s going to last. So we aim to involve the local community from the start. Later we discuss how they will maintain the installation in the future and make arrangements for them to take over the new system on completion. We will, wherever we can, use local labour and materials.
An evaluation was carried out on our projects in Uganda in 2009 by Kate Rogers. This year three major projects in Zambia are being evaluated.
WfK has a large number of members and supporters who make donations, hold fund raising events and do sponsored activities for WfK. We also have eight corporate members and two charitable trusts which donate larger sums annually. We have received a few substantial sums as legacy donations since 2013..
As Water for Kids is a relatively small charity, it has very low overhead costs relative to larger charities. WfK does employ a part time administrator but does not pay the expenses of people traveling overseas.
Our grant application form must be filled and approved by the board of trustees for each new project. To ensure accountability, the applicant must agree to our terms and conditions of grant before they receive the money. Water for Kids is only able to give grants to organisations which are recommended by personal contacts. This is so that the trustees can verify that the organisation is able to work in accordance with our terms and conditions. This is to ensure the money is spent on the project, as agreed.
Money raised from individual and corporate membership fees is used for essential administration, which keeps the charity going.