IMAGO TO PROVIDE RAINDROPS LIFE
Profits from the sale of bottled water at imago at Loughborough University campus will be ploughed into providing clean drinking water for a remote Indian village.
A new scheme launched this month, imago, the University's in-house catering provider and events and conference organiser, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds through its 'Raindrops for Life' campaign. The money will be used to help people living in Chaidipura, a village situated at the foothills of the Vindhyachal Valley that is home to around 220 people. The main source of drinking water in Chaidipura is a hand pump, which runs dry in the summer. The alternative is a stream located 2km away from the village, forcing women and children to walk long distances several times a day to collect water. Disease is also a major issue as no water is treated before drinking and water storage containers are not covered. This is made worse by the absence of toilet facilities and a poor understanding of the importance of personal hygiene. To try and improve the quality of life for people living in Chaidipura imago has joined forces with the University's Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) an institute dedicated to helping improve the health and wellbeing of some of the world's poorest people and the National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd to raise vital funds for the village. Together they will be supporting the Chaidipura Rural Water Supply and Hygiene Promotion project, led by voluntary organisation Vasudha Vikas Sansthan (VVS). The project is aiming to provide clean water and improved sanitation for the village. imago and the National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd will be giving five pence from every bottle of 'Fuel' branded water sold on campus to the project. The cash raised will be used by the VVS to pay for the installation of three low cost rainwater harvesting tanks in the village, to provide training for local people on how to maintain the tanks and to promote hygiene. Duncan Cressall, Operations Director for imago Services, said: "We are delighted that funds raised at the University will play such an important part in improving the quality of lives for the residents of Chaidipura. Such a simple thing of having clean drinking water is taken for granted in the UK but in Chaidipura it is a matter of life and death. I would urge people at the University, and visitors to the campus, to support this important initiative." Ian Smout, Director of WEDC, added: "WEDC has always been committed to helping people who live in extreme poverty in developing countries by working to improve access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. The global challenge is that 1.7 million children under 5 years old die every year from water related disease." "This initiative with imago, the National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd and the VVS will make a real difference to the village of Chaidipura, ultimately saving lives by providing safe drinking water and sanitation throughout the year." Dave Smith, Managing Director of the National Forest Spring Water Company Ltd said: "I am pleased that we have been able join forces with the University to support this important scheme. In a country where access to clean water is not an issue it is important that we help those less fortunate than ourselves." The bottles of 'Fuel' branded water are on sale in imago outlets across the campus, priced at 85 pence. For further information about the project visit www.campuslife.lboro.ac.uk/environment/water
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