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Project information

Safe Water & Sanitation for All

For families in Zambia & Mozambique, clean water, good hygiene & decent toilets change lives. Women no longer spend hours collecting dirty water- they have time to work or farm. Daughters get the same chance of an education as sons. Everyone's health improves. It’s the first step away from poverty.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Village Water

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  • Need


    In rural Zambia & Mozambique, diseases like diarrhoea, eye & skin infections are common because 1/2 the population lacks safe water to drink & even less has a decent toilet. Poor health stops people fulfilling their potential: children are too sick for school, adults have no energy to earn a living. Collecting water & caring for the sick means women have little time for productive activities. Families spend the little they have on medicine, yet diarrhoea still kills 30 children under 5 every day


    With your help we can change 2600 (16 communities) lives with hygiene & sanitation promotion & safe water. Each community starts a committee to oversee the changes. Hygiene & sanitation sessions teach the community how to protect themselves from diseases & build their own no cost facilities like tippy-taps and pit latrines. When the community have made the changes a well is manually drilled by independent teams we have trained. The community receive maintenance training & a toolkit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve health by reducing waterborne diseases


    » Support each village to establish a Water Committee to oversee the changes about to take place & start a hand-pump maintenance fund.
    » Support hygiene promotion sessions & 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 & give each village a simple toolkit including grease & spanners.

    What success will look like

    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 & sanitation training at school: this reinforces the village training messages.
    » Support menstrual hygiene management education to break taboos & reduce girls' absenteeism due to menstruation.

    What success will look like

    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 2600 people
    4. Less time spent collecting water & more time for education & farming

    Data collected at visits before, during & after support including health, school attendance, pump functionality, & the number of sanitation facilities will inform outcomes. Photos videos and case studies will show more time for school, work and farming.


    The rainy season can affect the completion of water-points as it prevents village access. We aim to complete all water-points 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 contributes 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: £643,971

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      Amount Heading Description
      £191,331 WASH Zambia & Mozambique Hygiene education, sanitation support and water-point construction or repair for for 57 communities
      £180,537 Solar Project (Zambia) Solar pump, permanent sanitation and hygiene promotion activities for 8 schools & 1 RHC
      £97,720 Self Supply Project Investment in equipment, training and promotion for 4 well construction enterprises
      £18,597 Look back study Follow up visits and long-term monitoring of projects to ensure sustainability
      £62,761 Partner Capacity Development Investment in training, staff and equipment for local partners in Zambia & Mozambique
      £93,025 Fundraising & Governance Rent & Utilities, training and staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    We have funding secured from various sources including Trusts & Foundations, Corporates, community groups and Individuals. Secured income against the overall programme budget shown at end of May is £255,748 £255,748 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Location 1: Western Province, Zambia which is the poorest part of Zambia & extremely rural. The Zambezi River which flows through the province floods annually cutting some areas off for a few months each year. Location 2: Manica Province, Mozambique, years of civil war, floods & droughts have left Mozambique as one of the poorest countries in the world & Manica Province one of the worst affected areas.


    Around 2600 people will benefit from hygiene education, sanitation & safe water. The families we support are subsistence farmers living in rural communities ranging in size from 100 to 350 people. Families typically grow cassava, maize, and rice for consumption. Water collection duties often fall to women and girls, putting safe water in the heart of the community gives women more time to earn a living and means girls can attend school more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The villages we supported in 2017 experienced an 93% reduction diarrhoea & girls absenteeism dropped by 83%. There are no barriers to participation: 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 health benefits are long lasting. In 2017 for every £1 spent on fundraising we raised £9.53 and 86p in every £1 raised was spent on charitable activity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Local Partners

    We work with two local NGO's Village Water Zambia in Zambia and Dorcus in Mozambique. There local knowledge helps affect real change on the ground.

    Local Communities

    Communities take ownership of the project setting, building their own sanitation facilities, contributing labour & gravel & maintaining the pump.

    Manual Drilling Teams

    All our wells are drilled by manual drilling teams we have trained & supported to become independent enterprises. This helps boost the local economy.

''Our living conditions have improved since Village Water came to our village, we now have clean water and less sickness. This has helped us work harder to have food on the table and has even helped us sponsor our children to go to school.'

Village Water supported Mrs Mukamunali's community in Koama, Zambia back in 2011. She told us how her life has change..