Project information

Giving Clean Water for Life for under £1 per head

We are there, on the ground ourselves, hand boring wells & fitting India Mk2 pumps - over 50 so far, using local trained people fully accountable to us. Pound for pound at 90p it is the most cost effective way of providing clean water. We have no overheads, these are donated by the founders.

It is ongoing

Charity information: Lubwe (Zambia) Fund administered by Rock House Foundation

Lubwe (Zambia) Fund administered by Rock House Foundation logo
  • Need


    Clean Wells to stop diseases & early death from dirty contaminated water

    Cholera, Hepatitis A & Typhoid are the most common diarrhoeal diseases, a very high percent, tragically, in children under the age of five who die
    When we started, 60% of the Lubwe Mission Hospital beds were occupied by people suffering from illness and disease caused by contaminated water. Now this percentage is very much reduced in the local Lubwe area
    Women & children still walk many miles daily in search of water


    We are solving this problem by providing clean water wells on a community by community basis. We have the capability to provide another 100 wells in the next 18 months, if funds can be raised.
    They, with your help, will save many, many lives particularly among the most vulnerable who are the Children under five years old. One in five now die!
    Please, please help us to save them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide clean water to the villagers of northern Zambia


    » Hand bore and cap clean water wells, fit India Mark 2 hand pumps & ensure the future maintenance of the wells ourselves through village committees

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing sufficient hand bored, clean water capped wells for the population of an ever expanding area

    Aim 2

    Considerably reduce Hospital beds occupied due to waterborne diseases


    » As 1 above

    What success will look like

    We have been advised that the percentage of beds occupied, in the Lubwe area where we started, has reduced from 60% to 10%. This is an astounding and humbling result.

    Aim 3

    Eliminate loss of life from waterborne diseases


    » As 1 above

    What success will look like

    Difficult to quantify but without doubt loss of life is reducing considerably in the areas we have worked in so far

    Aim 4

    Allow children to attend school instead of spending hours collecting water


    » As 1 above

    What success will look like

    Success will be when all children are freed from spending much of their day walking long distances and carrying very heavy water containers from a young age

    Aim 5

    Save scarce fuel, sometimes, but not often enough, used to boil dirty water


    » As 1 above

    What success will look like

    Fuel is scarce and therefore contaminated water is drunk where no clean water source exists

  • Impact


    The reduction in the many kilometres walked to find water (often contaminated) will result in better education through greater school attendance by children, who are often the water collectors
    Reduction in hospital beds occupied and lives lost through water borne diseases will result in better treatment for Malaria, HIV/Aids etc. & result in an increase in life expectancy, currently 38 years, one of the lowest in the world


    Apart from lack of funds to enable the work to continue, we do not perceive any plausible risks


    By regular bulletin of progress of the programme, together with photographs of the new wells as they are built
    Through our website and on Facebook
    Donors are invited to visit and see the work in progress

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £105,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £53,000 Water Pumps India Mk2 Pump assemblies, pipes etc.
      £7,800 Other Materials Sand, cement, stone, PVC lining pipe etc.
      £29,300 Cost of boring Tech. Supervision & our trained local team
      £15,200 Transport & misc. Veh. hire - eqt from Lusaka & site trips

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Drop4drop £7,000 Guaranteed
    Cheshire Scouts £1,550 Guaranteed
    Bequest Justin G Johnson £8,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in Lubwe (population of 43,000) on the northern shore of Lake Bangweulu, 785 km north of the capital, Lusaka.
    It has now spread outward to the surrounding areas of Kasaba, Masonde and the province of Luapula


    Every single person
    Average income is around 50 pence a day
    Approximately 18% of children die before the age of five years, many as a direct result of drinking dirty water. Malaria is the most prevalent serious disease. 20% of the population is infected with HIV/AIDS.
    Over 50 wells have been completed so far.
    We seek funding for 100 more wells and our team can now complete most wells in less than a week by percussion hand boring.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our most recent donor stated "We chose you guys because we really like the fact that you are there yourselves, on the ground, we know it is local trained people doing the work, and everyone is fully accountable to you. Pound for pound, it is the most cost effective way of providing clean water we have found." Simon Kinecki - Drop4drop

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Mike Brozel - Founder Of Lubwe (Zambia) Fund

    Horrified at the desperate lack of drugs and facilities at Lubwe Mission Hosp., founded the Charity in 1999 to improve the health of Lubwe people

    Martin Rossiter – Managing Trustee

    Retired businessman, founder and Chairman of Rock House Foundation. Supported LZF from the outset and manages & fund raises on a day to day basis

    Patrick Strauss

    Grad of University of Dayton, Ohio. Made many trips to Zambia, Lubwe in particular. Patrick is now a full time volunteer and oversees all projects.

    Matthew Moyo – Well Construction Team Leader

    Was EHO, Lubwe Mission Hosp, also fully trained in construction & purification of underground water sources. Matthew has led the project since 2005

Harvesting Water


Provides Clean Water for a person for Life

We chose you guys because you are there yourselves. Pound for pound, it is the most cost effective way of providing clean water we have found."

Simon Konecki - Drop4drop