On Tuesday 15 May, a delegation of CAFOD supporters include Rose and Alex Krzyz from Hallam Diocese, delivered over 60,000 Thirst for change actions to No. 10 Downing Street, calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to turn the tide on water poverty. The Prime Minister has a crucial opportunity at the G8 summit, which begins on 18 May, to urge other world leaders to raise their ambition and make clean water and safe sanitation a top priority. Your actions give David Cameron a clear mandate to push for concrete commitments from the G8 leaders to end water poverty once and for all. Andrew Mitchell praises campaigners Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell praised the Thirst for Change campaign and greeted CAFOD campaigners as they handed over action cards at No 10. Speaking to supporters and campaigners outside Downing Street Andrew Mitchell said: “We love CAFOD. You are brilliant. Thank you very much for what you are doing: it’s really, really good.” At sunrise, before delivering in the campaign actions, Thirst for change campaigners from across England and Wales joined a powerful walk of solidarity along the River Thames to Westminster. As they walked, they remembered the millions of women and girls who rise early and spend hours every day walking to fetch water.
The group of walkers carried buckets of water and pictures of Esther, a Zambian woman who has to get up at night and queue for hours to get water for her family. The walk finished at Westminster Cathedral where we displayed thousands of messages from people all over the UK, written on paper water droplets. Blue ribbons held by supporters created symbolic ‘rivers of change’. Walking in solidarity Rose Krzyz, a campaigner from the Hallam diocese, said: “We’re here to walk in solidarity with women who wake at the crack of dawn to fetch water. We are here walking for those for whom water is a luxury. If we solve the problem of water poverty, then we are a long way towards solving the problem of poverty. My message to David Cameron is: Please, please use the G8 to get something concrete done on water poverty.”