April Fools Day for some. The beginning of a new financial year for others. And a timely opportunity to let our FRANK friends and supporters know exactly what we have in store this year. Our Programmes Team have signed agreements with three new NGO partners extending our India Programme into five different states. Over the next year, we’ll be working closely with both new and current partners to fund safe water in no less than 80 separate communities. That means we'll reach just shy of 70,000 people in the next year. Making it over 300,000 helped in total over the last eight years. We're partnering with community-based organisations to work directly on issues of poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in some of the most deprived areas of India. Often the solutions are based on traditional methods such as rainwater harvesting and gravity fed systems but the solutions are always community led and implemented. Our beneficiaries are people living in slums just outside Agra, marginalised rural communities in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, and particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) in Chhattisgarh - people who live so far off the grid that they can’t get hold of the state-provided aid and assistance that the rest of India benefits from. There's a lot of work to be done but we're up for the challenge.
Over the next 12 months, FRANK Water aims to provide these 70,000 people with a consistent, secure and affordable supply of safe drinking water as part of a larger inclusive WASH programme. Children can attend school. Women and girls can access safe water without fearing for their safety. Men and women can go to work every day to earn a living wage because they no longer regularly suffer from diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases. Safe water really does save lives.
Support FRANK Water to continue its work this year and for many more.