We’re looking forward to joining you all again in June at Glastonbury Festival, and this year we will be asking you all to Change the record to ensure taps and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.
We want everyone, everywhere to have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene because we know these basic services are central to eradicating extreme poverty. Today, 768 million people live without safe water, and 2.5 billion people have nowhere safe or hygienic to go to the toilet.
The effects are particularly felt by women and girls, who are often tasked with water collection for the family. This is leading to generation after generation of girls and young women who aren’t able to fulfil their ambitions or potential.
We don’t think this is acceptable. We want government and world leaders to Change the record for women and girls trapped in this situation. Free a girl from the burden of water collection and she has time to go to school, earn an education and gain an income to support her family.
And it’s not just the chance of an education, access to water, sanitation and hygiene can transform the future of a girl through better health, increased dignity, and more freedom to choose her future. When a girl is educated she is likely to marry later and have fewer children, who will be healthier and more likely to be educated themselves. Come and visit us at our stand by the Pyramid Stage to find out how you can Change the record this summer.
So what else can you expect from WaterAid this year? As usual, we will be looking after all your water and toilet needs, with free refills of fresh water available at our stand by the Pyramid Stage, and at our six water kiosks across the site. Our team of volunteers will also be manning our African style pit latrines in the King’s Meadow as well as ensuring our famous She Pees are spic and span. Not to forget our team of recyclers, who will be helping to keep the festival site clean.
In the meantime, you can keep in touch by finding us on Facebook, following us on Twitter or visiting wateraid.org.
See you on the farm!