Clean water saves lives – support Oxfam’s efforts

Dirty water is a killer and a leading cause of poverty. Every twenty seconds a child under five dies as a result of poor sanitation, by exposing them to diseases like typhoid, dysentery and diarrhoea. According to the United Nations, 443 million school days and 20 billion working days are lost each year due to water-related diseases alone. The enormous loss of income and education stops people from lifting themselves out of poverty. In developing countries, the burden of water collection almost always falls to women and girls. Collection and transportation of filthy water can take several hours every day, keeping women out of the workforce, and out of schools.

Almost 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion live without basic sanitation. Across the globe, more than 6,000 people die each day from diseases caused by dirty water — two-thirds are children (World Health Organisation).

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest countries. When disaster strikes, Oxfam acts quickly to saves lives by delivering clean water and sanitation — from simple solutions like distributing buckets, jerry cans, soap and water purification tablets, to building and rehabilitating water supply systems, providing tanks, delivering clean water and constructing toilets.

“Clean water, sanitation and hygiene promotion are the most important elements in controlling the spread of infectious disease following a humanitarian disaster.” – Praphulla Shrestha, Oxfam Australia’s Water and Sanitation Technical Advisor.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

Clean water means so much more than clean water. It’s the gift of better health; more time to earn an income; more money to educate their children; and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty.

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