Compassion partners with thousands of local churches to bring safe water and improved sanitation to the children in our care. Our Water and Sanitation Fund provides access to safe water through boreholes, wells and rainwater catchment systems, safe and hygienic toilet facilities, and hygiene training to minimise health risks.
Eight-year-old Disha has little time for playing or studying. If she doesn’t collect clean water, her family can’t live.
“I don’t like summer season,” says Disha. “It is the time when we have to make at least three trips to get water.”
In summer, it would take Disha up to three hours a day to collect enough water for her family. Disha’s community in southern Bangladesh is known for its underwater mangrove forests, frequent flooding and threatening storms. But although there’s water everywhere, it isn’t safe to drink.
That’s why Disha’s local Compassion project was determined to find a solution. Bringing clean, safe water closer to home improves health for everyone, but it’s life-changing for children like Disha. Now, thanks to the Water Purification Plant, made possible by Water Intervention funding, Disha doesn’t have to walk three hours for water every day.
Those three hours have been given back to her – so now Disha can spend time being a child, studying and playing with her friends. Whatever the season.
Compassion has been a trusted charity since 1952. Over the last five years, donations to our Water Fund have enabled us to construct 61 safe water sources, to build 31 toilet blocks and to provide 443 household toilets. All our Water interventions are run in partnership with our church partners who know the needs of their communities inside out and are there to provide long-term support.
The results of this intervention are very positive. The centre staff are proving that cleanliness is not just a text-book theory but also needs effort to make it happen. This is why they have built a new facility and shown us that they are serious about physical health and cleanliness, especially now at times of COVID-19.
At Compassion, your donation is used wisely to the greatest benefit to children in poverty.
A minimum of 80 percent of donations to Compassion UK is used to directly support the development and delivery of interventions.
The remaining 20 percent is used to inform and update donors and facilitate support for their chosen intervention or fund Compassion UK activities to support more interventions and children.
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