We are delighted to welcome a new ambassador for Pump Aid, Joanna Jarjue, to join our effort to end water poverty and aid dependency in rural Malawi!
“As an African woman born in West Africa and having moved to the UK as a child, when I look at any crisis occurring on the continent one of my first thoughts is always ‘that could have been me’. I have a strong belief that no person, regardless of their location or circumstances they were born in should endure such hardship whereby some of the things we take for granted in more developed countries are scarce; especially something as crucial to everyday life and health such as water.”
“As a business-minded finalist on the BBC’s the Apprentice, I was instantly drawn to this aspect of the charity.”
“There is a well-known quote “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”. I was so pleased to learn that Pump Aid has a long-term approach to their charitable efforts, particularly with the innovative Water Entrepreneur programme where trainees learn the technical skills necessary to install, repair, and maintain water pumps across their regions. As a business-minded finalist on the BBC’s the Apprentice, I was instantly drawn to this aspect of the charity.”
“I am feminist who champions all efforts for equal opportunities for women and I am aware that women and girls around the world are disproportionately responsible for collecting water for cooking, drinking, health and sanitation. I was pleased to learn that the charity’s entrepreneur programme attracts and has some wonderful success stories of women in Malawi who not only create a new resource which eliminates these hardships but also have the opportunity to establish their own small-scale businesses to be more financially independent, improve their livelihoods and thrive in a typically male-dominated industry.”
“It is an absolute pleasure to represent Pump Aid as an ambassador, and I very much look forward to joining them on this journey to ending water poverty in Malawi.”
If you’ve been inspired to join Joanna and support Pump Aid, why not get involved?