A HUDDERSFIELD pub is on a mission to help people escape the poverty and disease caused by living without safe water.
The Head of Steam pub, which forms part of Huddersfield’s railway station, is joining others in the railway-themed pub chain to raise money for the WaterAid project.
The charity works in countries like Africa and Asia to help poor communities establish sustainable water supplies and latrines.
It also works to influence governments’ water and sanitation policies to serve the interests of vulnerable people and to ensure that such basic needs are prioritised in poverty reduction plans.
This year the Head of Steam chain, which also has pubs in Newcastle and Liverpool, is supporting the charity’s work in the Vandeikya area of the Benue state, an extremely poverty-stricken part of Nigeria.
This project involves the sinking or rehabilitation of 10 boreholes and reaching communities with sanitation and hygiene education.
The Head of Steam is funding the £15,000 project by donating five pence from every drink sold for as long as it takes to raise the cash.
Managing director Tony Brookes said: “Safe water and sanitation are basic human rights.
“This project will enable 1,500 people to access safe water and sanitation and 1,000 people to access improved sanitation.”