The Water Dispenser & Hydration Association (WHA) has been nominated by its charity, Just a Drop, for the Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year at the Charity Times Awards, and the association has been shortlisted.

General manager Phillipa Atkinson-Clow said: “This recognition is really testament to the fantastic support and dedication from WHA and its members over the last few years. Over 1,200 people across Zambia can now access safe clean water which has transformed their lives! The WHA is overjoyed that its partnership with Just a Drop is being given this recognition.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 9 September at the Marriott in Grosvenor Square.

The WHA has also announced that the go-ahead has been given for its 6th borehole in Zambia. This will be in the Machilika Community, where 280 people will benefit from safe, clean water – transforming their lives.   Machilika is only about an hour’s drive away from the other communities WHA members have supported – so it is enabling the area to develop hugely and is having a big societal impact.

During the summer, Just a Drop will begin to mobilise the community and ensure that the bylaws are in place between the community, the local government, the village leaders, and the Water User Committee.

The  community will then be trained in finance and borehole maintenance, involving:
·      How water sources become contaminated from point source to consumption
·      Variety of ways to prevent contamination
·      Practice water disinfection
·      Personal and environmental hygiene
·      Preparation of tip tap
·      Building of a pit-latrine

In September, in the dry season so that the borehole never runs dry, the drilling of the borehole will start – around 55m to hit water.

The WHA thanked all members who have made this possible.  Funds continue to be raised through Just Giving and the WHA will be holding its long-awaited charity auction on Thursday 17 March 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes during the association’s annual event.

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