UN administrator Helen Clark with Adrian Brewer, of Isle of Wight charity Roll out the Barrel and one of its water barrels.
THE FORMER Prime Minister of New Zealand — tipped to be the first female General Secretary of the UN — has thrown her weight behind an Isle of Wight charity.
Helen Clark, the current administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, met up with Adrian Brewer, founder of the international Isle of Wight charity, The Roll Out the Barrel Trust, after the pair became friends on Facebook four months ago.
She invited Adrian to a lecture at the London School of Economics last Tuesday and the pair later had a private meeting where she praised the charity’s Rotary Water Barrel which helps people in the third world transport clean fresh water over long distances.
During the private meeting, Helen told of how she had visited Cowes on many occasions and that her husband’s family hailed from Lymington.
The pair discussed sanitation and water supplies in the developing world before Helen offered to promote the use of the water barrel through United Nations agencies.
Helen said: "The importance of women and children having sufficient clean, potable water and adequate sanitation cannot be over emphasised. It affects their health, education and general well being."
Mr Brewer added: "In the 21st Century, water and sanitation must be the moral imperative if we are ever to help these communities lift themselves out of incomprehensible poverty. To prevent disease and infant mortality, they need sustainable solutions, not just handouts."
Adrian and Helen are expecting to meet again to review how the trust can become part of the solution.