Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tip of the Day: Reposting: Water Aid

From Australia to Zambia: WaterAid's 24-hour Twitter marathon

On Tuesday 7 June WaterAid will be hosting a non-stop tweetathon on Twitter – WaterAid 24 - to show supporters exactly what an international charity does over a 24-hour period.

Beginning with WaterAid in Australia, the tweets will start and end at midnight BST, finishing with WaterAid in America. They will report on everything from the charity's preparations ahead of its participation in the world's biggest music festival, Glastonbury, to how water point mapping is currently being carried out in Ethiopia, to the less glamorous but no less essential back office services that keep the organisation running.

According to WaterAid's Website Manager Joe Downie: "WaterAid will be the first international charity to use Twitter to give a 24-hour snapshot of what we're doing as it happens. In this age of transparency, we want to show the breadth and depth not only of our work to deliver safe water, sanitation and hygiene to some of the world's poorest communities but also communicate some of the many complexities behind development.

"The beauty of Twitter lies in its brevity and on the day our expert team of tweeters will be all set to condense the latest news from WaterAid's offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and across several time zones into just 140 characters. We hope supporters will forgive the occasional use of shorthand such as PNG for Papua New Guinea!"
WaterAid is following in the footsteps of Greater Manchester police and Walsall Council who used Twitter to show the range of calls and work undertaken in a typical day.

The WaterAid24 event can be followed via the hashtag 
#wateraid24 or via our Favourite Tweets feed above.

WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. Over the past 30 years, WaterAid has reached 14.38 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 9.4 million people with sanitation.

For more information, visit
www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
At least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.
2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is almost two fifths of the world's population.
For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, $8 is returned in increased productivity.
Just £15 can enable one person to access safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
For more information on the campaign CLICK HERE.

A big thanks to Eco Warrior Me for the heads up on this, to visit his blog and to read his very interesting blog post on the subject please CLICK HERE.

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