By Karen Price |
Here she shares photos from her trip when she met locals to see for herself how the charity’s work is helping them
As an international harpist, Catrin Finch is used to packing up her bags and heading across the globe but a recent trip really struck a chord with her.
For the mother of two visited Ethiopia where she learned how families struggle each day to have something we all take for granted – clean water.
As she opens up her photo book of her journey, Catrin is also preparing to release her new album, Tides, and one of the tracks, Changing Tides, will raise money for WaterAid, which helps take safe water, toilets and hygiene to some of the world’s poorest communities.
“I became a WaterAid ambassador after learning that there are over 748 million people living without access to safe, clean water – a human tragedy that results in the needless deaths of over 1400 children die every single day,” says the musician, who lives in Gwaelod y Garth with her music producer husband Hywel Wigley and their young daughters – Ana Gwen and Pegi.
“As a mother I hope to help raise money and encourage people to support WaterAid’s mission – to bring safe, clean water to everyone everywhere by 2030.”
During her trip to Ethiopia, Catrin met people living in communities which have benefited from WaterAid’s life-saving work.
Among them were Serawark Woldegebreal, 32, who has to fill a 25-litre jerrycan with water from the river to carry back to her house on her back.
WaterAid works with the poorest and most marginalized communities in 26 countries around the developing world to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
Catrin is now looking forward to performing a gig at Union Chapel, London, on March 24 to raise money for the charity when she will perform tracks from Tides.
Tides is the first album from Catrin to feature her own compositions. It sees her exploring the possibilities of the harp and a lifetime of musical influence.
“All my musical life is here,” she admits.
The album is released on her own recently launched Acapela label. In addition to the harp, Catrin also reveals her piano skills for the first time, playing on several pieces.
Tides features a number of guest artists, including singer and duduk player Belinda Sykes and Cor Caerdydd.