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World Water Day is recognised every year by the United Nations on 22 March, drawing attention to the 884 million people around the world who are without access to clean water.  In addition, 2.6 billion people live without access to basic sanitation facilities. 

This action is part of “The World Walks for Water”, to raise awareness on the global water and sanitation crisis and demand action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day. 

To commemorate World Water Day, SOS Malta is launching its “Malta Walks for Water” awareness raising and fund-raising campaign. “Malta Walks for Water” is aimed at sensitising the Maltese public about the implications of the lack of water supply and sanitation, especially within developing countries. The project seeks to create awareness about the realities of water problems, and in so doing, engage the Maltese public in exploring ways in which it can assist in the fight against water poverty in the developing world.

Funds raised through this initiative will be channelled into boreholes/wells and rainwater harvesting projects in developing countries. Rainwater harvesting is the gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater. If safely collected, rainwater can provide a source of cheap, pure water. The water is generally collected from pre-cleaned roofs where it runs via guttering and pipes into a storage tank for use straight away  or during the dry season when water tables drop and most wells often run dry.

SOS Malta with the assistance of Malta’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Vascas Jewellers implemented rainwater harvesting projects in schools and villages in Uganda in 2010. In 2011 the work continued with the assistance of Malta’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), Vascas Jewellers, Alert Communications, TrolleyMania, Cleland & Souchet, Professional Marketing Services, Orienta, Fortina Spa Resort and @240. This year, SOS Malta and its corporate partners plan to continue this work by  bringing water to the poor as an entry point to community development.

These projects feature among others which are contributing towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With 189 countries signing up to these MDGs in the year 2000, they represent a joint effort by the international community to seek to eradicate poverty. MDG 7 aims, among other things, at halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by the year 2015. Unfortunately, sub-Saharan Africa is the only region which seems unlikely to meet this goal. It is for this reason that SOS Malta has chosen to focus on this region, starting with Uganda.

SOS Malta invites all those interested in putting an end to water poverty to donate now!

The “Malta Walks for Water” 2012 campaign is being supported by Vascas Jewellers, Cleland & Souchet, Professional Marketing Services, Orienta, Fortina Spa Resort and @240.