BUDDING photographers in Huddersfield can help school children in Africa gain safe access to drinking water.
Twenty two secondary schools are located on the remote island village of Ukerewe in Tanzania.
But none has an adequate water supply.
Now Huddersfield Rotarian John Philip is heading a project to install a pump and tank to supply water to one of the secondary schools, which has a total of 900 children.
The project, by the retired Huddersfield Royal Infirmary surgeon, is part of a major humanitarian intervention by Yorkshire Rotarians.
And Huddersfield people are now being urged to help their efforts by entering a water-themed photographic competition.
All of the money raised will go towards helping the children of the Lake Victoria island community by improving water and sanitation facilities.
John and other Rotary volunteers have already helped several aid missions to the third world.
John and his wife Chris, from Fixby, last year collected £100,000 worth of hospital, school and training equipment for the people living in the neglected community.
When John and his team visited one of the secondary schools in April they were told that the children had no access to water.
They also have to manage without water when they go to the toilet.
John, who was also a school governor, said: “These children cannot achieve their full potential without basic amenities such as decent toilets and reliable water.
“We have been working with local engineers for a solution.
“They have advised us that installing water pipes and constructing an overhead tank is the most cost effective solution.”
Volunteers will lay a mile-long pipe and construct an overhead tank with standpipes to give the youngsters a reliable water supply.
The 27-strong team is getting ready to fly out to the island next month with medication and other sought-after resources.
During their two-week visit Rotary volunteers will build the new water-resourced sanitation facilities and create water systems, which will hopefully eliminate the need for water to be fetched manually from nearby rivers.
The photographic competition is being run with Yorkshire Water, which wants people to capture the beauty of reservoirs across the region.
All competition entrants need is a camera and their imagination.
Each £5 entry fee will go towards the project.
There will be prizes for the winning entries as well as the chance to appear in an exhibition.
Photographs should be sent with a cheque for £5, payable to the Mirfield Rotary Trust Account, to John Philip, 4 Dorchester Road, Huddersfield, HD2 2JZ.
For more information visit www.rotary1040.org.