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The support you've shown for our Deliver Life appeal has been incredible. You've helped us share the stories of remarkable mums and midwives. You've campaigned and found clever ways of raising funds. And thousands of donations have been made, allowing us to continue this amazing journey and bring safe, clean water to newborns and their mums around the world.
Thanks to the incredible support of people like you, midwife Daniel is celebrating the arrival of clean, safe water at Kiomboi hospital – and he’s already welcomed some very special deliveries.
The arrival of clean water means Daniel can do the job he trained for: delivering life safely.
“Now we can wash our hands. We have water to wash clothes with, and all the families have water to use during their stay at the hospital. I’d like to thank you for making our environment better,” he says.
Meet Agnes. She’s just three days old, and was one of the first babies born at Kiomboi with safe water – happy, healthy and with the best possible start in life.
Midwife Juliana has already seen the huge difference safe water has made to mums and their families on the wards of Kiomboi.
‘Families used to fetch water from shallow wells. It wasn’t clean. But now the water is safe for cooking and for washing babies. There has been a big change.”
Before safe water arrived, Daniel had to make impossible choices – like whether to leave the hospital to find water, or help mums in urgent need without washing his hands.
Today, thanks to incredible supporters like you, he can focus on welcoming new little lives into the world with clean water. And the difference could save lives.
Diana’s first baby, Karen, was born with safe water at Kiomboi this winter.
“I’m so happy to have given birth in a hospital with running water,” she says. “I’m also so happy for my mother. She’s taking care of us and no longer has to wash my clothes or my baby’s clothes with dirty water.”
Daily life will never be the same again for Daniel and Juliana at Kiomboi. Now we want to bring that same transformation to other remarkable midwives surviving without safe water around the world.
Donate to Deliver Life today, and you’ll be delivering hope to even more mums, midwives and the new arrivals they welcome into the world every day.
We’ve been on an incredible journey with the mums and midwives at Kiomboi – and that journey isn’t over yet.
With your help, we can reach thousands more families around the world with safe water, and give even more babies a happier, healthier future.
Alinafe gave birth to her first baby, Boyson, at Simulemba health centre. He was two weeks early, making his arrival a surprise to everyone – including his dad, Bernard.
“I went to the hospital to deliver a few things, and when I got there I found I had a baby! I felt so happy. I just want to care for him.”
With no safe running water, midwives at Simulemba work against the odds to deliver more than 90 babies every month, despite the deeply unhygienic conditions.
"Some people die at the hospital,” says Alinafe. "I wanted to be well."
The bathrooms at Simulemba have no doors, so mums like Alinafe hang cloth in the doorways for privacy. But with no safe water, conditions inside are dangerous.
"There's dirt on the floor of the bathrooms. I was scared I could get an infection. I just had to brave it and bathe."
Every month, up to 15 mums and 20 newborn babies develop sepsis at Simulemba.
But your support can provide the safe water midwives need to keep the wards, bathrooms and toilets clean and hygienic – so new mums can give their babies the best possible start in life.
With no safe running water at the health centre, Alinafe's mother-in-law Liviness had to collect dirty water for her from a nearby pump, shared with over 2,000 people from the local community.
"There's always a long queue,” says Liviness. "I was worried I wouldn't be able to get enough water for Alinafe."
Simulemba has just four toilets for the whole centre - that’s one toilet for every 100 people.
They're not accessible for pregnant women or disabled patients, and have to be cleaned by relatives using the dirty water they collect from the water pump, putting the health of vulnerable new mums at risk.
With no safe water in their village, Bernard knows he and Alinafe face a struggle to keep little Boyson healthy. But he still has big dreams for his son.
"I want him to get educated, and to do well. I want him to have a bright future."
There's no denying Uchiya's incredible strength.
Four times a day - and eight months pregnant - she walks for miles through treacherous terrain to collect water for her family. Water that isn’t even safe to drink, but she has no choice.
“The road is very slopey. It’s impossible to walk down, Now I’m almost ready to give birth, I’m walking slowly. But sometimes I fall down and hurt myself.”
For Uchiya, collecting water means scrambling down a steep rock face, then summoning the strength to climb back up and make her way home with a 20-litre jerry can full of water – all while heavily pregnant.
It's not just the punishing journey to the river that's putting Uchiya and the precious life she's carrying at risk.
"Sometimes we go to the river in the night and there are leeches. If we drink the water, they get stuck in our throat or stomach and make people sick. It’s very difficult."
For thousands of women like Uchiya, having access to clean, safe water nearby will save them hours of precious time every day, which they can use to earn a living, care for their families and escape the devastating cycle of poverty.
Thanks to incredible people like you, Uchiya's village now has access to clean, safe water – transforming the lives of the entire community.
But there are still thousands more mums and their families around the world you can help us reach.
That means no longer having to make the long walk for dirty water while heavily pregnant.
It means giving birth in a clean maternity ward, where safe water is available at the turn of a tap. And it means the chance to give more newborn babies the healthy start in life they deserve.
Mariane lives in Ambohimatsinjo village. She’s mum to baby Angelo, who was the first baby born in the community after they got clean, safe water – thanks to your amazing support for our To Be A Girl appeal.
Mariane gave birth to three of her children at home, without safe water. But with Angelo, things were different. He was born in a health centre, where we worked with a local partner to build toilets and install clean, safe running water.
This isn’t the first time you’ve helped us change lives. By supporting our To Be A Girl appeal, you raised enough money to get clean, safe water and toilets to 250,000 girls and their communities – including Ambohimatsinjo village.
Now 12 months old, Angelo is thriving – and Mariane knows why.
“Baby Angelo is very lucky compared to his older brothers and sisters. He is healthier because he isn’t growing up with dirty water. Seeing my children happy and healthy is the best thing for me as a mum.”
Today, visiting the new water point is a big part of daily life for Mariane and her son.
“Angelo loves going to the water pump with me. He loves playing with the water, and copies people using the pump. He loves drinking fresh water.”
“Angelo’s first word was ‘Dada’ and the second was ‘baba’, which means eating rice. I came only as his third word, ‘Mama’.
"Angelo is a nickname from his father. When he was born his Dad called him Angelo because he said he was like an angel.”
Your support means everything to Mariane. Thanks to you, she can focus on building a better future for her family.
“Knowing that my children will grow up with clean water makes me motivated to work harder to support them. I would love to see Angelo becoming a doctor when he grows up. That would make me really proud.”
Your support for Deliver Life has been overwhelming. Together, you’ve raised enough money to get safe water to thousands of brave, strong, incredible mums and their families around the world, transforming their birth stories and giving their new arrivals the best possible start in life.
“As a mum myself, the thought of having to bring my child into the world in an environment where there’s no fresh or clean water is terrifying.”
Actress Anne-Marie Duff is supporting Deliver Life – alongside a whole host of other stars. Find out why they're standing with mums and their families around the world.
Experience what life is like for midwives Juliana Msoffe in rural Tanzania and One Born Every Minute’s Delia Jepson in the UK – at the click of a button.
Explore our new interactive film and move between two very different worlds, as you discover what safe water means when it comes to delivering life.
After a visit to see our work in India, Downton Abbey star and WaterAid ambassador Hugh Bonneville has been supporting our Deliver Life appeal.
"We all want to make sure that babies everywhere have the best start in life but this is not possible without safe water, toilets and effective hygiene practices."
Cheryl and Delia – stars of Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute – are used to delivering life. But without a regular supply of safe water at Kiomboi hospital, it was a whole new challenge.
As the hospital undergoes some extraordinary changes, Cheryl and Delia met the midwives, proud mums and newborns that make it such a special place.
From baby clothes and blankets to plastic sheets and razor blades – knowing you’ll have safe water when you give birth makes a huge difference to mums-to-be as they pack their maternity bags.
A host of famous faces, including Claire Sweeney, Jamie Theakston and Samia Ghadie, are supporting our Deliver Life appeal – and you can join them!
Share a photo of you and your newborn - or you as a baby - using #firstbabyselfie and make a donation to WaterAid, so no mum has to deliver life without clean water.
Last year, we reached over two million people with safe water, provided toilets for 3.1 million people and supported over 8.2 million people on improving hygiene practices.
In 2016, thanks to your incredible support, that work will continue. In partnership with the UK Government, we’ll be undertaking projects in health centres, communities and schools in Ethiopia, Malawi and Rwanda, reaching thousands of families with essential taps and toilets.
What's the most amazing thing your parents have done for you?
Join us as we celebrate the #LengthsParentsGoTo, and tell us the things your mums, dads and relatives have done for you – in solidarity with families living without safe water and the extraordinary things they do for their children every day.