Yorkshire Water worker sees impact of aid

Kezia Drew in Bangladesh.

Kezia Drew in Bangladesh.

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A Leeds woman has jetted half way across the world on the trip of a lifetime to see how clean water helps make a difference to people living in the slums of Bangladesh.

Kezia Drew, 24, spent time in the urban slums of one of the most densely populated countries in the world to see just how the people there cope without clean water.

Kezia, from Farsley, got the chance to see how cash raised by her Yorkshire Water colleagues for international charity WaterAid transforms people’s lives.

Her trip began by visiting the community of Maleker Bosti slum in Dhaka – the country’s capital – where its residents do not have access to safe water and sanitation.

Work management team leader Kezia said: “Communities and individuals have had their lives dramatically changed by the simple gift of a water pump and a latrine.

“I met a lady who had left her poorly paid job in a garment factory and set up her own tailoring business because she no longer had to queue for water during the night.”

Over the last five years Yorkshire Water has raised over £900,000 for WaterAid through fundraising activities.

The charity’s development manager, Nikki Skipper, said: “This visit enabled us to show Kezia exactly how the hard work and generosity of Yorkshire Water fund-raisers has helped transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, bringing safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene to their communities.”

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