Press Releases 2017

UWTSD is proud to launch #AddWater

14.11.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud to be supporting a campaign that could prove life-saving for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Luci with bucket of water

The campaign is called #AddWater. This simple, but effective, scheme was initiated by Luci Attala, (Senior Lecturer in Anthropology) with the help of Tristan Nash, (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy) at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. Staff and students are being asked to add 5p (or more) to the cost of the drinks they buy from the university’s catering outlets. The money will be used to ensure a safe water supply to communities in Kenya who are suffering heavily due to drought and deforestation.

Luci said: “Over the past few years I have watched the climate change and seen the devastating impact it has on people who rely directly on the environment for their livelihood. The rains have failed for 5 years running. This has meant that very few people have managed to harvest the maize they need to feed their families. It is both heart-breaking and infuriating to know that it is our consumption patterns that are to blame for their suffering, but it is heart-warming to know that through this scheme and by working together, we, at UWTSD, can genuinely help them.”

Luci has worked for many years with the Giriama farmers who live in the remote community of Bore Koromi near Malindi in Kenya’s Coastal Province. The region is subject to considerable tropical deforestation and is increasingly prone to severe droughts, floods and other unpredictable climatic changes. The increasing desertification is dramatically altering lifestyles. To combat subsistence insecurity local farmers are attempting to diversify in order to achieve food sovereignty by shifting from a reliance on maize horticulture and herding to any available alternative – in this case having partnered with a Welsh farming community of Lampeter for support via a carbon forestry focused community link under the Welsh Government’s International Sustainable Development and Wales/Africa Programme.

In order to support the #AddWater campaign, all you need to do is ask the cashier to ‘add water’ when you are ordering a drink at any of the university’s catering outlets. Each 5p will buy 40 litres of clean, safe water for a Giriama family. There are also donation jars at each cashpoint where you can donate any extra change you have going spare.

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