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By Stella Almond - Posted on 10 March 2013



The trustees of Worldwaterworks Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership arrangement with the British Search and Rescue organisation – SARAID. Trained SARAID volunteers will be used to accompany some future consignments of Water-Survival Boxes to assist local agencies with distribution and to provide us with quality feedback. Working with Rotary and/or international aid agencies including Red Cross/Red Crescent; Caritas; Humanity First; Oxfam; Save the Children; and UNICEF in the receiving countries will continue to ensure that our aid is properly and expeditiously distributed to families ‘most in need’.

However, in appropriate cases, we will invite SARAID to send a small team to act as our representatives and carry out in-depth reviews of the ways in which the Water-Survival Box and its various contents meet the needs of displaced families. This should add an extra level of insight to our on-going commitment to improve the quality and resilience of our products. The National Director of SARAID will use these opportunities to give his trained volunteers the experience of operating in a disaster area where many of the practical issues related to their intervention will be found. These include managing issues related to customs, interacting with Government and other agencies, operating in a disaster environment and being self-sufficient, and completing the task whilst respecting local customs and culture. Further details can be seen at


Rtn David Grant, Chairman of District 9400 Disaster Relief Committee recently asked for our help to alleviate the flooding disaster that has displaced tens of thousands of families in southern Mozambique. David is a member of the RC of Kayalami in Johannesburg, and his District covers the north east of South Africa, Swaziland, and the southern half of Mozambique. We were able to respond within 12 hours to which he commented ‘This really is Rotary in Action!’ Following confirmation that we could provide a supply of Water-Survival Boxes David travelled to Maputo (the capital city) where he met members of the three local Rotary Clubs, key members of the Mozambique Disaster Relief committee and the UN representative.

Customs clearance has now been achieved and we only await details of the responsible Rotarian to whom the consignment will be sent before finalising the flight into Maputo via Johannesburg. We also look forward to hosting David Grant and his wife during his post-Lisbon RI Convention visit to England. He has agreed to make a flying side trip to North East Somerset on 11 June, to see our operation, meet the trustees, and discuss the deployment of WSBs in Mozambique. He will also speak at our Club meeting that evening.

We are delighted to acknowledge the Clubs that have already supported us during the current Rotary year and repeat our appeal to the other 1,600 for their help. £150 pays for the cost of a standard WSB and £350 a multi-pack of five (water purification kits only) both including the cost of air freight to ensure the boxes get to those in need as quickly as possible. Remember that as a pure Rotary charity all the management of the Water-Survival Box project and the practical work involved in getting boxes packed is done by members of our Rotary Club with hands-on help from other volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel and our local schools and community groups.

* We have no paid employees and every pound donated goes directly to pay for the boxes, contents, our fixed costs and air freight. Donations can be made by cheque to Worldwaterworks Limited and sent to our registered charity office, Westfield Business Centre, Second Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4BH.

Hugo Pike PHF

Director of Operations – Worldwaterworks Ltd –

PP RC Chelwood Bridge – D1200


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