The charity's mission
Water for Kids aims to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures.
How Water for Kids Began
Water for Kids was set up as a charity in 1996 after two Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) visited Peru as part of a scheme to help eradicate cholera. They were concerned that people in small and less formal settlements needed environmental health services in general and safe water in particular. They looked for a charity which was addressing these issues, but they could not find one. So they set up Water for Kids as a UK charity, rooted in environmental health.
The name 'Water for Kids' was chosen because it is a good description of what the charity does and if the kids have water, so do all the members of the community. The emphasis on kids also suggests an investment in the future.
Change of Charity Status
At the last AGM members agreed that the Charity should apply to the Charity Commission for a change of status to become a Foundation Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The purpose of this was to protect the charity and its trustees from unlimited financial liabilities and put it on a sound legal footing for the future.
Having gone through a lengthy application proces, the new status was confirmed by the Charity Commission on 24th April 2018. Although we have a new charity number (1178084) Water for Kids will continue to operate in the same way it has done over more than 20 years to deliver safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures.
Peter Minhinnett - Chairman and Trustee
Peter first experienced Africa many years ago, when he worked in Zambia as a Public Health Inspector. His work included a WHO Smallpox Eradication programme and the protection of water supplies etc. He subsequently worked in the UK as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP). As President of the Chartered Institute of EH's International Group Peter is committed to strengthening links between EHPs and other health professionals in the UK with their peers in the developing world. He has led on WfK's Uganda projects for over ten years running a field trip every year. These trips have involved working with Ugandan colleagues and communities on water and sanitation projects, especially protecting spring water sources.
Sara Emanuel - Secretary and Trustee
Sara became involved in Water for Kids in 2005 and went on a trip to Zambia very soon after. Then she was hooked and became joint lead trustee for Zambia projects. As secretary, she works on admin, policy, and communications for Water for Kids.
Sara worked as an EHO for many years, mostly working to improve private sector housing in London.
Now she is retired, there’s more time for Water for Kids and other pursuits.
Greg Warwick - Vice Chairman and Trustee
Greg currently works at Mendip District Council. He met the founding Trustees of Water for Kids whilst working at Bedford District Council where he qualified as an EHO. Having travelled extensively in the developing world, he decided to use his Environmental Health skills to assist the charity in its work overseas and has travelled abroad with the charity to Zambia and Peru. As a long standing Trustee he has been the contact for projects in Peru, Rwanda and Kenya. He is currently working on a number of policies to assist in the future development of the Charity.
Jason Cox - Treasurer and Trustee
Jason's working background is within the commercial technology sector; he has some financial training which is very useful in his current role. When he was younger he lived in Zambia for five years and South Africa for two years and so is very aware of the hardships that the people face everyday when living in remote areas. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Hall - Trustee
Spent most of his working life in local government, as an EHO, retiring from his role as Head of Service at Warwick DC in 2016. In 2007 he travelled to Sierra Leone as part of a local government link between Councils. This led to a project with Water for Kids in Bo City, Sierra Leone and work with Peter Minhinnett on the Commonwealth Fellowship Programme, bringing Sierra Leone EHOs to this country. There were subsequent visits to Sierra Leone but the contact with Water for Kids was maintained. On retirement Richard was pleased to be invited to become a Trustee. He visited Uganda early in 2017 to witness project work first hand.
Tom Jackson - Trustee
I have lived in the North east all of my life and had a building company for 27 years. My first experience of Africa and development work came when I was 48 when I went to Tanzania to supervise the construction of hospitals and rural clinics on a family health project. I lived there for three years gaining a huge amount of experience working alongside local people and district officials. After returning I became involved with Kenya Acorn Project on rainwater harvesting and sanitation. This is how I started to work alongside Water for Kids. I have been involved since 2009. I regularly visit Uganda with Water for Kids and have been on a WfK trip Zambia. I am honoured to be part of and working with a great team of trustees.
Barbara Lucas - Trustee
Barbara began her professional life as an EHO in a small regional authority and later worked for an inner London Borough. She then spent ten years as an independent consultant in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Since 2002 she has worked in the private sector as a project manager, mainly on the English Housing Survey. 'I have seen the effectiveness of Water for Kids at first hand in Uganda and the close links with local communities, and welcomed the opportunity to become a trustee and support the charity'.
Patrice Panella - Trustee
Patrice has a background in IT and uses her skills to help support Water for Kids’ on-line presence. She has previously volunteered for a large charity in Namibia but prefers Water for Kids’ direct action, sustainable approach and particularly enjoys working with local partners in country. She has mainly been involved in projects in Zambia and been privileged to see first hand the huge difference safe water and sanitation makes to people’s lives.
Emma Hill Brookes – Adminstrator
Emma has worked in the charity sector for over 18 years working for some of the UK's leading charities, primarily fundraising and programme development and has worked both in India and Nepal. Emma's experience culminated in setting up and running a charity in Australia which has become one of Australia's leading charities. Emma's role at Water for Kids is to help look after the day to day running of the charity and to develop the fundraising. If you would like to know more about how you can become a member or to fundraise for WfK please email Emma at email@example.com