WaterAid is bringing the sights and sounds of Sierra Leone to London on 25 January by projecting awe-inspiring images onto trees on the South Bank of a community that has been supported by the charity to get clean water and toilets after years of hardship.
The women, men and children from Tombohuaun are among hundreds of thousands of people across the world being helped by WaterAid’s Untapped appeal, which runs until 31 January, during which time every £1 donated by the public will be matched by the UK Government, up to a total of £5m.
The unique riverside exhibition, which is being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will help tell the community’s story to inspire the public to become part of their incredible journey and support WaterAid’s life-saving work in the final few days of the appeal.
The stunning light display will run from 5pm till late on Thursday 25 January in the Bernie Spain Gardens by the riverside and next to the OXO tower, and marks the first time that faces have been projected onto trees in the UK.
There will also be performances from a range of musicians and artists, including London spoken word artist Samuel King, who will be using his lyrical talents to raise awareness of issues faced by those without access to clean water and toilets.
Among the images will be a thought-provoking shot of four-year-old Ibrahim carrying a jerry can filled with water collected from a dirty pond buried deep in the jungle. Two of his siblings died from diarrhoea caused by drinking this same water.
Also featured is six-year-old Nancy, who lost a sister to diarrhoea and is also often sick from drinking dirty water.
Matu, 40, is a traditional birth attendant and the life and soul of the village, and she has been helping where she can to support the arrival of clean water to the community, as she knows the huge benefits it will have on their health and prosperity.
Across the world, one in nine people lack access to clean water and one in three have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. As a result, around 800 children die every single day from diarrhoeal diseases.
To find out more about Tombohuaun and the Untapped appeal, visit https://www.wateraid.org/uk/tombohuaun-untapped.