Students from schools on the Isle of Man took part in the One World Charity Challenge, with a team from King William’s College (KWC) making a presentation about WATSAN at the Inter-School Final.
The One World Charity Challenge is an initiative sponsored by AFD Software, giving students the opportunity to speak out for people in the developing world, through creating a presentation examining the work of a charity. WATSAN was invited to be one of the charities featured, and so trustee Kate Parrinder worked with the students from KWC to share information about our work and case studies they could use for their presentation and advocacy project.
The KWC team representing WATSAN was Molly Grint, Adna Salihovic, Laora Tobelaim, Eugenia Chan, Niya Trenkova and Maria Dwyer.
In the build-up to the presentation, the students designed a special wrapper for reusable water bottles they had bought at a reduced rate. They then sold the bottles to their contacts to raise funds for WATSAN, and raise awareness amongst their peers. The label’s QR code links to the WATSAN website.
During the final, the students gave a well received presentation outlining the need, WATSAN’s project methodology and a case study from WATSAN’s project at Bwambara Hill. WATSAN congratulates them in coming fourth in the final, winning prize money of £200 for WATSAN, plus £33 raised through the sales of the bottles.
In their presentation the students argued: “Water is a life-changing resource vital to all of humanity. Without it, we become non-autonomous; no education, disease, and no dignity. Water is the difference between life and death. It is the difference between an education and being unemployed. It is everything.” We couldn’t agree more! A huge thank you to the students for their efforts on behalf of WATSAN.