The AELTC has committed £1.2 million across a three-year partnership with charity WaterAid.
The partnership is aimed at bringing ‘clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene’ to everyone by the year 2030, and expands on the Wimbledon Foundation’s initial three-year partnership with WaterAid, which began in 2018.
That partnership saw an annual donation of £100,000 to the charity, which will now significantly increase to a total of £1.2 million awarded over the next three years, according to the AELTC.
“The absence of clean water has a devastating impact on people’s health, education and ability to earn a living,” said Helen Parker, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation.
“In line with our goal to support healthy and active lives, we are proud to be extending our partnership with WaterAid to deliver this multifaceted approach to transforming healthcare facilities around the world to have a far-reaching impact on thousands of people’s lives.”
The AELTC says the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of handwashing and good hygiene, and has pointed to the fact that one in 10 people across the world live without clean water close by.
Across the new three-year partnership, the WImbledon Foundation and WaterAid say they will focus on healthcare facilities which lack clean water and toilets, and which see health workers unable to wash their hands, sterilise surgical equipment, or ensure mothers have a safe environment in which to give birth.
Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted just how important it is that everyone no matter where they live has clean water, somewhere to wash their hands with soap and a decent toilet.
“Now, more than ever, we must all scale up our efforts so that no-one misses out on a healthy future. WaterAid always works to create long term change in communities and knowing that we can count on the support of the Wimbledon Foundation for the next three years will help us bring more and more people out of poverty.”
The news marks the AELTC’s latest move to fund charitable causes, having announced a further £1.2 million coronavirus fund to support local and regional charities tackling the pandemic.