WaterAid installation highlights lives lost to dirty water

The charity engaged House of Experience to lay 800 schoolbags on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, each one representing the death of a child

WaterAid has created an installation that draws attention to the number of children who die globally each day because they lack access to clean water.

House of Experience, part of The Current Collective, crafted the stunt on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, with 800 schoolbags representing the number of lives lost each day.

Each of the cathedral’s 24 steps represented one hour of the day and was lined with 33 schoolbags to represent the number of children younger than five who die every hour.

The schoolbags were chosen to represent an entire class that never made it to school because of poor sanitation and a lack of clean water. The bags in the front row were labelled with the names of real children around the world who had been affected.

Marcus Missen, director of fundraising and communications at WaterAid, said: "Every single day, about 800 children under the age of five die because they are denied access to clean water and decent toilets.

"WaterAid is working towards a world where everyone everywhere has clean water and decent sanitation, and all of us can help to make this a reality. Even small donations to our Water Effect appeal could help make all the difference, helping to transform a child’s life."

This article first appeared on Third Sector's sister publication, Campaign

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