As England’s Nick Compton makes his Test debut against India today, he’s unlikely to be feeling thirsty. Chances are he’s been resting and rehydrating in preparation for the biggest match in his career. But water isn’t something that the Somerset and England opening batsman takes for granted. For Nick, the tour to India – his first as a senior England player – is an opportunity to highlight the lack of access to safe drinking water that is still an urgent and widespread problem within the country, and to show his support for FRANK Water, a UK charity that funds clean water projects in India as well as other developing countries.
“As sportsmen we take on board gallons of water to hydrate, without necessarily thinking anything more about it. But water should not be taken for granted and I’m very proud to support the work of FRANK and all that it represents,” he said.
Based near Nick’s Taunton stomping ground, FRANK Water was founded in 2005 by Katie Alcott after she contracted dysentery from dirty drinking water during a trip to India. The charity sells bottled water in the UK and has used the profits to fund 88 safe water projects in India and the developing world.
Working closely with in-country NGO partners, FRANK Water identifies communities in need and funds the multi-stage filtration systems that save thousands of lives. The projects are owned and run by members of the community to ensure they continue to operate well into the future.
“Founding FRANK Water was my answer to the desperate need that I saw and experienced in India and I’m delighted that being in India has inspired Nick to support our essential work.” Katie Alcott, Founder of FRANK Water
Even in 2012, almost one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Globally, that’s one in nine of us. And 99% of deaths from water and sanitation-related disease occur in the developing world. In support of FRANK Water and to further raise awareness of this international issue, Nick’s bat features the distinctive FRANK Water logo. Now all we need is a century!