Schoolgirl Hannah Brown goes without water to highlight shortages
A SCHOOLGIRL is sacrificing water to highlight global poverty.
Hannah Brown, a 16-year-old from Ottery St Mary, is living on just 10 litres of water a day for a week to illustrate water shortages faced by more than half the world's population.
Her challenge involves cutting down on any activity that requires a tap being turned on, including drinking, washing, showering, cooking, and teeth brushing.
She is raising money for Christian charity Tearfund, and is being supported by St Leonard's Church, which she attends in Exeter.
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During the week Hannah will be washing in a bucket, hand-washing clothes and dishes, and reusing teeth-brushing water. She will only have three sets of clothes for the week, one set of nightwear, and one set of crockery.
The meagre 10-litre water allowance is a drop in the ocean compared to the amount most people in Britain use each day, but it is equivalent to the amount that 3.8 billion people in the world survive on.
Money donated will help Tearfund to build and maintain toilet and water facilities in developing countries.
Hannah told the Echo that her Christian faith was instrumental in her decision to take on the challenge.
"Following my baptism in May, I saw some information about the Christian charity Tearfund. I was inspired to do the Water Challenge after watching a video blog on the website.
"We take water for granted. Over half the world's population survive on 10 litres of water a day, compared to 200 litres for the average European. In this country we leave the hot water running, or have an extra shower, and no one thinks anything of it."
She is passionate about the need to relieve poverty.
"What motivates me to raise money for Tearfund is that they aim to relieve both material and spiritual poverty. They send out teams through local churches to teach the communities to support themselves. Their partners run projects on the ground to help the communities become self-sufficient."
She added: "I'm only allowed to wear three outfits including pyjamas during the week, which will have to include my school uniform and PE kit. Usually on non-uniform day at school, I want to wear nice clothes, but that week it'll have to be something practical."
She will keep followers updated online through a video blog and a Justgiving page.
"I'm excited about the challenge. It'll certainly be something different.
"I'm being motivated by support I've received from family, friends, people at church and even people I don't know."
Tearfund is a Christian international aid and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice in around 50 countries.
To sponsor Hannah or find out more about her challenge, visit her online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/hannahbrown1995.