On 29 April, The Prince of Wales extended his Presidency of WaterAid for an additional five years.
In 1991 The Prince of Wales became WaterAid’s President. In the past 23 years, The Prince has assisted in raising awareness that close to 748 million people are without access to safe and clean water. In addition approximately 1,4000 children sadly perish daily from diseases brought upon by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
Charles has played a vital role through visits to WaterAid projects in developing countries as well as hosting events at Clarence House and St James’s Palace.
The Prince witnessed the changes being made for accessibility to safe and clean water as well as changes in sanitation and hygiene. In 2011 Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Kigamboni outside of Dar Es Salaam during their official Royal visit.
The couple met with communities impacted by the positive changes and how their lives were transformed through the installation of taps, toilets and the implementation of good hygiene practice.
During his speech to the annual supporter’s meeting in 2012, The Prince reflected on the visit and stated: “Put simply, these projects alleviate poverty and give communities a level of human dignity.”
“For over 20 years we have been extremely fortunate that HRH The Prince of Wales has used his unique position to help WaterAid change lives in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities. We are extremely grateful to the Prince, and we are honoured that he has extended his Presidency to support WaterAid in achieving our mission of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030,” Chief Executive of WaterAid, Barbara Frost noted.
WaterAid’s began in 1981 on 21 July as they were officially established as a charitable trust.