Supporting Frank Water
Travelling opens the eyes to inequalities and makes one more aware of the things we take for granted in the western world. One of these is access to safe water. It is hard to believe that in the year 2020 there are 663 million people in the world without access to safe water, and in India 140,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
The positive news is the establishment of some wonderful charities working hard to change those statistics, and one such charity is Frank Water. I came across this Bristol based charity through their collaboration project with The Thali Café
They work to provide access to clean water and sanitation in poorer communities throughout India and Nepal. It is such a worthy cause, and one which we are committed to support. Therefore we donate to Frank Water 10p from the proceeds of each order from our website.
How your money helps
- It costs FRANK Water £12 to provide one person with safe water, sanitation & good hygiene for life.
Safe water does more than just quench your thirst. Women and girls living in tribal communities in India’s Chhattisgarh typically spend several hours a day walking to and from the nearest water source. Even then, the water is often contaminated and makes them sick. With a sustainable and convenient supply of drinking water, a proper toilet and an understanding of good hygiene, we can keep children safe from diarrhoea and other waterborne disease and stop them missing school. With safe water at their door, children can stay healthy, families can move away from poverty and entire communities can flourish.
- It costs £22 to run a handwashing workshop for a class of up to 40 children.
Installing a safe water supply makes no difference to people’s health if it’s not accompanied with decent toilets and an understanding of why handwashing and good hygiene matters. Sanitation and hygiene are integral to our projects and talks and demonstrations are simple, useful tools for behaviour change. In a typical workshop for school children, we’ll discuss handwashing, toilets, the risks of defecating outside and how to manage periods safely. Whilst each workshop is attended by only 40 children, we know well that kids are incredibly good at effecting change. Armed with their newfound knowledge, they can encourage and support their families and neighbours to follow their lead.
- £45 can pay to train a volunteer to run a free information stand at local events.
With something as simple as a market stall, we can reach hundreds of people at a time, providing them with information on water testing, waterborne disease and what they can do about it. Not only that but we can use the stand to signpost people to government support such as the rural Employment Scheme, Clean India Campaign and the Below the Poverty Line (BPL) card which entitles holders to certain food and fuel rations. Rural, tribal communities are often excluded from government schemes like these, simply because they live so remotely. This single volunteer helps them become better connected, claim their rights and improve their future. By training local people to attend community events, markets and celebrations and share their knowledge and expertise with people from other villages, we can amplify our impact
- £2858 will pay for a month of intensive hydrology training.
FRANK Water reaches the most marginalised, rural and tribal areas in India & Nepal. But they don’t do it alone. To reach those people most in need, FRANK partners with local NGOs who can directly support communities to take control of their own water supply.
The first step in this process is to train NGO staff, providing them with the technical know-how they need before they start work in a community. A month of intensive hydrology training costs £2858. Armed with this knowledge, they work with communities to map out the watershed for an area. Satellite technology helps calculate how much water there is and where it’s stored. Together, they can identify how many people use that water, what methods they use to extract it and what it’s use it for.
- It costs £1897 to protect a natural spring.
FRANK Water and their partners work with individual communities to create a water security plan that they’ll then use to apply for funding from local government. The plan identifies actions they can take to improve the volume and availability of water. This might include physical activities such as protecting natural springs, making ponds deeper and digging recharge pits as well as changes to individual behaviour and practice. Protecting a spring involves fencing off the catchment area to protect it from human and animal excrement, building a basin around it and connecting the spring source to a pipe which will feed water into a distribution tank.
- It costs £9487 to make a pond deeper.
India is one of the world’s most water-stressed countries. The effects of climate change, predicted population growth and development will only add further stress to the country’s limited water supply.
Unlike the UK where it rains equally across the year, India’s water is unevenly distributed. Half of its annual rainfall falls in just 15 days, making floods and drought a way of life.
The greater the pond’s capacity, the more likely it will avoid flooding and the better it becomes at storing rainwater during the monsoon season.
To find out more about Frank Water and the amazing work they do, please take a moment to view their website: www.frankwater.com