LONDON, England – On Tuesday, February 23, Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, welcomed guests and supporters of Just a Drop into her home at 10 Downing Street for a special private reception to celebrate the achievements of the international water development charity.
Guests, including Just a Drop founder Fiona Jeffery OBE, journalist and newscaster Alastair Stewart OBE, round the world yachts woman Tracy Edwards MBE and international business leaders from across the world, gathered in the State Rooms and took the rare opportunity to meet Samantha Cameron and learn about the vital work of the charity.
Fiona Jeffery OBE had this to say about the special event:
“This was a very exciting day for Just a Drop. We’ve come a long way since 18 years ago when I first discovered that just £1 could supply a child with water for 10 years. In that time, we have managed to help people all over the world gain access to clean water and now we are at no 10. I cannot convey how grateful I am to Samantha for opening up her home to us so that we may celebrate all the wonderful work that we do.”
Just a Drop’s mission is to reduce child mortality by delivering accessible, clean, safe water where it is needed most.
Projects support communities through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines and establish health and sanitation programs for some of the poorest and remotest regions in the world across Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Tanzania, Kenya, India, Uganda, and Cambodia.
With the passionate support of volunteers and donors, coupled with a grass roots approach, Just a Drop is committed to making a real difference to people’s lives through one focus – delivering safe water and sanitation to communities in need.
To date, Just a Drop has completed over 170 projects across 31 countries improving the lives of over 1.3 million people from Afghanistan to Zambia.
Launched in 1998, Just a Drop is an international water-aid charity with a very simple plan: to give people clean, safe water and to reduce the number of children dying as a result of water-related diseases.
Working with local partners, at a grassroots level, the organization provides clean water and sanitation facilities to some of the poorest communities around the world through the construction of hand-dug and borehole wells, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines and we establish health and sanitation programs. It operates with a handful (5) of staff and an army of volunteers, many of whom are retired military officers and water engineers with extensive experience on global water development projects.
Fast Water Facts:
• A child dies around every 20 seconds as a result of a water related illness.
• Over 768 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water.
• More people in the world own mobile phones than have access to a toilet.