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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Churches join World Water Day appeal
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¬†As people all over the world take action on World Water Day next Monday, churches and schools throughout the UK will be doing their bit by raising money to help bring life saving, clean water to millions of children around the world with UNICEF. As part of UNICEF's 'Jar of Grace' appeal 2004, over 630 UK church congregations are taking home special jars into which they can drop a coin each time they say grace, helping raise funds to prevent the needless deaths of over 8,000 children every day from drinking dirty water. In addition, 4,500 schools have taken part in UNICEF's 2004 Day for Change and they continue to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for UNICEF's work to provide safe and clean water in Ghana and Vietnam. Their contributions represent more than just a drop in the ocean in the global action to ensure the right to safe water, and World Water Day is an ideal opportunity for even more people to become involved. Access to clean water is a basic human right, yet half of humanity is denied it; nearly three billion people live without it and face the dangers of lethal water-borne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery. Children are usually the first to get sick and die from water and sanitation related diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera and malaria. In fact, most of the 3.4 million people who die every year from such diseases are children. Recognising the significance of water and sanitation in the lives of children and their families, UNICEF has been working in this area for almost 40 years and supports work in 86 countries in all regions of the developing world. Rachel Gibbons, UNICEF's Regional Fundraising Development Officer said: "The support we have received so far from schools and churches has been wonderful. Funds that have already been raised will help us to make a huge impact on the lives of children who are denied access to safe, clean water. For just £175, UNICEF can buy and install a water pump that will serve a community of 250 people, providing clean drinking water for all. I hope that everyone across the UK will do their bit in supporting our life-saving work." To order a Jar of Grace pack or for more information on how schools can get involved please call 0870 606 3377 or visit http://www.unicef.org.uk.
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