In many developing countries around the world, the primary responsibility of collecting water falls to women and children, who walk long distances to find water – which is often dirty and unsafe to drink. Women and children embark on these journeys every day, knowing that the water they collect may make them ill, yet they have no other choice. The hours spent collecting water takes women away from income generating activities and caring for family members, and takes children away from their education.
Just a Drop is an international water aid charity which was founded in 1998 by the MD of the World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery. Just a Drop support communities by constructing wells, pipelines, boreholes, hand pumps and latrines as well as providing health and sanitation programmes for some of the most remote and poor regions in the world.
Just a Drop was solely a volunteer organisation for over 14 years and since 2012 they have employed a small professional team. They are supported by a professional group of volunteers, mainly project engineers, who give their time and expertise to ensure the work in the field is of the highest standard possible and that they are sustainable in the long term at a grass roots level. Since 1998 £3.7million has been raised, with 176 projects completed across 31 countries and helping over 1.3 million people.