Three Sussex based staff members from Southern Water are witnessing first-hand how the work of international charity WaterAid is saving lives.
Southern Water’s community education manager Sally Lambert, process design engineer Jon Wilcox and procurement assistant category manager Jack Riley will spend two weeks in the east African country of Mozambique seeing WaterAid’s work first-hand. The group left on October 15, and will return on October 23.
The three are all long-term supporters of WaterAid and were chosen after interviews with the charity and a Southern Water panel. They will assist local communities with practical work such as constructing latrines, hand washing facilities and carrying water as well as finding out how workers in Mozambique do a similar role, and what they can learn from each other.
Sally, a former geography teacher who lives in Shoreham and works in Worthing, said she was excited about meeting the people who deliver – and benefit from – WaterAid’s work.
She said: “I’m looking forward to finding out first-hand about the opportunities and challenges that communities in Mozambique face. I’m particularly keen to meet school children so I can share their experiences with Southern Water colleagues, customers and our local community.”
Jon Wilcox, a leading member Southern Water’s WaterAid committee, who lives in Hove, and works in Falmer. added: “I’m really excited about seeing the solutions that WaterAid has facilitated and how they impact people’s lives. But more than this, how it’s worked with local communities, institutions, government and all the other various stakeholders to make things happen.”
Jack Riley is also on the WaterAid committee and has previously cycled the South Downs Way, walked 100 miles across the Scottish Highlands and spent a month drinking only water to raise money for the charity. He lives in Lancing, and works in Worthing.
He said: “If I am completely honest, my hopes and expectations are to be completely overwhelmed and shocked with the entire experience. I also want to witness the difference WaterAid makes in these communities where they are provided with access to a safe, clean, sustainable water source and educated in the importance of hygiene and sanitation.”
They will be sharing their experiences through Southern Water’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages using the handle #Moz16 and hope to raise £3,000 from their efforts.
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