Back in November we told you about a new CAFOD Campaign for 2012. We are pleased to say that Thirst for Change has now been launched!

It got off to a great start – with regional fun runs in Liverpool and Shrewsbury, where CAFOD campaigners dressed as water droplets to raise awareness of the campaign.

The campaign urges David Cameron to call on world leaders to end water poverty at the G8 Summit in 2012. We want them to make concrete political and financial commitments to ensure the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on water and sanitation is met by 2015 and endorse the international ‘Sanitation and Water for All’ initiative to turn these promises into reality.

David Harewood, star of the Golden Globe nominated drama Homeland, recently pledged his support for Thirst for Change. While signing his message to the Prime Minister, David explained why the issue is so important to him: “I think it’s an absolute scandal that in 2012, one in eight people in the world does not have access to clean water. Something we take for granted in Britain and America is just a distant dream for millions of people in the poorest countries. I could not believe it when I read that diarrhoea is the single biggest killer of children in Africa – how can we possibly stand back and let something so easily preventable carry on?”

In your Thirst for change action pack you’ll find:

  • Thirst for change action card
  • Thirst for change community action guide (with activity ideas, a short talk, media tips and more)
  • Facts from the taps: all you need to know about water poverty
  • Let waters flow prayer cards

To order more action cards and resources, email us at or call us on 0300 011 5680.

Other resources, including an inspiring Thirst for change film and Thirst for change resources for use with young people in schools and youth groups, are available online. Go to

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