Project information

Safe water & sanitation for 3000 people in Zambia

Village Water transforms lives in rural Zambia through safe water, sanitation and hygiene, helping families to be healthier so children can go to school more and adults have more time to farm and provide for their families.

October 2016 - March 2017

Charity information: Village Water

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  • Need


    In rural Zambia waterborne diseases are common because half the population has no access to safe water and 2 in 3 people do not have a safe place to go to the toilet. Preventable diseases, such as diarrhoea, stop families from fulfilling their potential: children are too sick for school and adults have no energy for farming. Women have little time for productive activities as they are often caring for the sick and spend the little money they have on medicines.


    Village Water will support 3,000 people in approximately 14 villages. Each village will establish a committee to look after the new water point and collect money for pump maintenance. Hygiene promotion sessions include disease prevention and hand-washing. Each household will build its own sanitation facilities such as a pit latrine and hand-washing station. A new well will be installed in each village and the community trained in basic maintenance so that it does not break down.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve health by reducing waterborne diseases


    » Support each village to establish a Village Committee to oversee the changes about to take place and start a hand-pump maintenance fund.
    » Support hygiene promotion sessions and households building their own sanitation facilities.
    » Support local enterprise by contracting independent manual well drilling teams to install the new wells.
    » Train villagers in basic pump maintenance including how to spot a problem and give each village a simple toolkit including grease and spanners.

    Household health surveys collected at every village visit will demonstrate a reduction in waterborne diseases.

    Aim 2

    Reduce girls' absenteeism from primary school.


    » Support the installation of a safe, protected water-point within each community to significantly reduce girls' water fetching duties.
    » By attending school more, girls' will also participate in hygiene and sanitation training at school: this reinforces the village training messages.

    School attendance surveys collected at every village visit will show that girls are attending school more.

  • Impact


    1. Reduce waterborne diseases by at least 80%
    2. Reduce girls absenteeism from school by at least 40%
    3. Lasting access to safe water, sanitation & hygiene for 3000 people
    4. Less time spent collecting water & more time for education and farming

    Our monitoring system involves visits to villages before, during and after our support. Data is collected on household health, pump functionality, and number and use of sanitation facilities. Feedback will show more time for education and farming.


    The rainy season can affect the completion of water-points as it prevents village access. We put plans in place to ensure all water-points are completed before the start of the rainy season. Community involvement is essential and without it sanitation and hygiene behaviours do not change and the safe water-point falls into disrepair. We mitigate this by harnessing the village’s capacity: a committee is formed to oversee changes, and the village contribute gravel and labour for the water-point.


    Village Water sends a monthly newsletter to donors including case studies and photos from supported villages. We also communicate with donors via social media, where we feature photos, videos, case studies and health data. Our annual report is also sent to donors and available on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,018 Well construction Equipment, materials, well digging team, transport, fuel
      £6,762 Hygiene & sanitation promotion Training materials, field staff time, transport, fuel
      £6,884 Local capacity building Village committee & pump maintenance training
      £7,980 Monitoring and Evaluation Village visits, staff time, transport and fuel
      £5,726 Local partner support costs Village identification, contribution to staff salaries, office rent, utilities, insurance, security
      £7,630 UK support costs Donor reporting, governance, strategy, staff salaries, rent, communications with donors
  • Background


    Our project is based in Western Province, which is the poorest part of Zambia and extremely rural. The Zambezi River flows through the province and floods annually, which causes problems for communities who lack safe water and sanitation. The Zambezi floods mean that some areas are cut-off for a few months every year.


    3000 people living in approximately 14 communities will benefit. The families we support are subsistence farmers living in small communities made up of between 20 and 30 households. Families typically grow cassava, maize and rice for consumption. A lack of safe water and sanitation means waterborne diseases are common: this stops children from going to school and hampers adults ability to farm. Past beneficiaries tell us how they are able to farm more after our support.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The villages we supported in 2015 experienced an 88% reduction in diarrhoea. There are no barriers to participation in our projects: sanitation facilities are constructed from locally available materials so even the poorest can participate. We work with local partners and start with hygiene and sanitation to ensure that benefits are lasting.

    In 2015 for every £1 spent on fundraising we raised £16.55 and 91p in every £1 raised was spent on charitable activity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Village Water Zambia Team

    Our local partner carries out all the hygiene and sanitation workshops in the communities, affecting real change on the ground.

    Local Communities

    Communities take ownership of the projects setting up a committee, building their own sanitation facilities and contributing labour and gravel.

    Manual Drilling Teams

    Village Water supported the establishment of independent manual drilling teams as local businesses from 2011 onwards. These teams drill all the wells.

The joy of safe water


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