The Prince of Wales has extended his Presidency of WaterAid. The Prince has held the position in the international organisation since 1991.
In a press release, WaterAid praised the royal’s support saying, “His Royal Highness has played a vital role through visits to WaterAid projects in developing countries as well as hosting events at Clarence House and St James’s Palace.”
The Prince has helped raise awareness of the 785 million people across the globe who do not have any clean water close to their homes. Tragically, “around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes,” according to the organisation.
WaterAid’s Chief Executive Tim Wainwright said about the announcement from Clarence House, “For almost 30 years we have been extremely fortunate that HRH The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to help WaterAid change lives in the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.
“We are extremely grateful to His Royal Highness for his continued support, particularly around highlighting the impact of climate change on people’s access to clean water and decent sanitation. We remain committed, as does our President, to a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, whatever the future holds.”
Prince Charles most recently visited Ghana last year where he met and spoke to schoolgirls there who have been trained in water, sanitation and hygiene. He also saw the work of WaterAid in Kassena-Nankana West – an area commonly impacted by dry seasons.
WaterAid is an international not-for-profit organisation that operates in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone. It has reached 26.4 million people with clean water since 1981. An additional 26.3 million people have been provided with decent toilets.
You can learn more about the organisation at their website or by following them on social media: @WaterAidUK or @WaterAidPress on Twitter or WaterAid UK on Facebook.