Why Wateraid, Ethiopia and 2500 Miles.
Between January 2015 and December 2016, I’m aiming to run 2500 miles and with your support, help raise funds for a transformational project taking place in the Ahmara region in Ehtiopia.
- What’s Wuhu?
In Amhara where Amharic is spoken, water is translated to wuhu which is where the name for this campaign comes from.
- What’s the cause?
In this region (which has the lowest levels of safe water supplies and sanitation), Water Aid is running a 4 year project to reach over 37,000 people with access to safe water, over 74,000 people with access to improved sanitation and over 56,000 people with improved hygiene practices. Whilst the challenges are region wide, the majority of those currently impacted tend to be women and young girls and so by improving the conditions, WaterAid hopes to reduce time spent by women fetching water by 85% so they can invest more time in earning a living and education for their families, and for young girls, illiteracy rates from 65% and closer to their male counterparts at 45% . [Find out more about the project]
- What’s the challenge and how will it help?
With your support, I’m aiming to raise just over £6000 GBP towards this project to help cover the cost of the educational material required for 2015 and 2016. This is where I would like to appeal for your support with a donation of 1 penny (£0.01 GBP) for every mile I run, that's the same as cup of coffee every three months. Only my running miles during this two year period count and I aim to complete 20% of the distance in at least 6 marathons and 3 half marathons each year. I'll of course be posting updates about each of those here.