A Tonbridge dentist has been helping to provide clean water for the next 10 years in Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world, by organising a month-long fundraising campaign at his High Street surgery.
Dr Pieter Claassen of Hanover House Dental Clinic has managed to raise £675 in conjunction with St Steven’s Church, Tonbridge and St Luke’s Church, Sevenoaks.
The funds are enough to purchase 30 water filters, each cleaning 250 gallons of water a day with an expected life of 10 years. It will enable around 1,500 people in several small villages, towns and schools to gain access to clean water.
Dr Claassen, who is from South Africa, was moved to help after hearing stories about young girls having to walk miles to get clean water, and the subsequent unwanted attention and untoward advances they received from strangers.
He asked his patients and members of the local community to donate to those less fortunate than them.