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World Water Week

Posted on: August 20, 2015

World Water Week is 23rd – 28th August this year and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. This is an annual event to gather experts, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals together to discuss, exchange ideas and develop solutions to some of the most pressing water-related challenges across the world.

This year the theme is ‘Water for Development’ to work in-line with the Sustainable Development Goals, recently replacing the Millennium Development Goals. The purpose of this intervention is to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) not only has its own goal in the new development agenda but it is embedded in all development goals. Water is key to life and therefore is integral to health, food, energy, gender equality and climate change.

What is Pump Aid doing?
We are constantly developing our work to go beyond just providing water, and to meet the demands of the increasing challenges such as population growth, climate change and gender inequality. For World Water Week we will be sharing stories from our projects to illustrate how water is crucial for all areas of development.

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What can you do?
We have 5 different tasks for you to complete this World Water Week. Here’s a sneak preview!

Monday: Walk for Water
In Malawi, children walk over 3 miles every day to collect water. Set yourself a challenge this week to walk 3 miles a day. Send us a photo of your journey!

Tuesday: Survival challenge
In the UK each person uses on average 150 litres of water per day compared to just 10 litres in Malawi. Can you survive on 20 litres of water a day? Just one toilet flush takes 10 litres! See 11 ways you can conserve your water.

Wednesday: Picnic for Pump Aid
Celebrate World Water Week and Picnic for Pump Aid! Try out our Malawian food recipes and zest up your water with our partner, Thirsty Planet’s creative idea.

Thursday: Help us prepare
Help us prepare for natural disasters and reach those in need. Set up a regular donation through our website, just a small amount of change can make a huge impact .

Friday: Spread the word
Talk about us! Talk about water! Tell a friend about Pump Aid, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to sign up to our NEW e-newsletter to receive quarterly updates on our latest projects and stories from the field. Any questions – email us! (info@pumpaid.org).

Follow our posts on Facebook, Twitter next week to keep up to date with the latest discussions.

To read more about World Water Week visit the main website here.