Five international water charities are “pooling” resources and have formed the Water Can collective because they want to reach more people by working together.
Dig Deep, Frank Water, Just a Drop, Pump Aid and Village Water aim to reach 50,000 and have launched a fundraising appeal, which aims to raise £100,000 by the end of the year.
Between them they have worked in India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Uganda and Zambia to help communities become self-sufficient with water resources that are sustainable and lasting.
However, the collective says that one in 10 people do not have access to safe water, which in turn has an impact on their risk of serious illness, and reduces access to education and other opportunities.
The announcement said: “By pooling their knowledge and experience they have joined forces to reach some of the most marginalised communities in the world who are often missed out or left behind.”
Over the next year, Water Can will run series of campaigns, fundraising activities, and initiatives to encourage people to share and donate to the cause.
Rachael Heaton, fundraising and communications lead at Dig Deep (Africa), said: “We joined forces in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, knowing that together we could bring safe water, a basic human need, to more communities and ultimately save lives.
“The pandemic has reminded us all about the importance of hand washing and how lucky we are to have access to safe water. This is why it’s so important for organisations like Water Can to collaborate, to reach more people with life changing water provision.”
Brendan Hanlon, head of fundraising and communications at Just a Drop, which was recently recognised at Civil Society Media’s Charity Awards for its Covid-19 response, added: “Water has the power to change lives, not only in terms of health and wellbeing, but also by increasing opportunities.
“Better access to safe water means more women and girls, who are usually responsible for walking great distances to collect water, can stay in school, earn money and spend time on other community activities.”