Walking for Water and Trekking for Toilets
With help from my friends, I have been sponsoring one small village in Ghana, called Dagati, for a couple of years, and I have seen amazing progress. The photo shows one of the toilets in the village - each family now has one, and the village now has a borehole and pump supplying safe clean drinking water. By expecting people to do all the unskilled work themselves, including hand-digging 12ft deep holes for the toilets, Ashanti Development makes excellent use of their funds. There are many more villages practicing open defecation, and without safe water, who are desperate for this same support. Most people in these villages suffer from diarrhoea at least five days a week, and Ashanti Development reckons that one in three babies dies before age two. £160 will provide all the materials, skilled labour and training needed for people to build themselves a toilet (the technical term is a VIP Latrine) - so if my walk can raise £3,200, we can provide for another small village. (It is important to help a whole village at once, as otherwise the problem of flies and re-infection is not solved).
Gritstone Edges Challenge Walk
This is really going to be a challenge! I have never walked more than 12 miles in a day, in the hills or even in the fens, where I live - but I am determined to achieve it.
Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures, has kindly sponsored my place on this walk: www.peakwalking.com/day-walks/challenge-walks/gritstone-edges
The walk is 17 miles in the day, in a cold and dark month - so your support will be appreciated!
The walk will start at Hope, finishing at Hathersage.
The main photo shows one of the toilets in Dagati, as well as the home of the family it belongs to.
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