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Water & Sanitation for All- STILL BEING DOUBLED

DONATIONS STILL BEING DOUBLED. Our Big Give match pot is empty but YOUR DONATION WILL STILL BE DOUBLED. Give before 26 February & your donation, will be doubled by the UK government. For families in Africa, clean water, good hygiene & decent toilets change lives.

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Village Water

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  • Need


    Dirty water and poor sanitation are the only options for many people in Zambia and Mozambique. Families there want the same things as we do- good health and equal opportunities- but they lack the resources to make lasting changes. Diseases like diarrhoea are common, and each rainy season brings the threat of cholera. Poor health stops people from entering work, attending school or starting a business- it prevents people from fulfilling their potential.


    Your donation will help 2250 people in rural Zambia & Mozambique protect themselves from diseases with good hygiene, build their own sanitation facilities & give them life changing safe water from a protected waterpoint. Give before 26 February & your donation will also be doubled by the UK government meaning we will be able to expand our work to Lusaka, Zambia & partner with local people to improve hygiene & develop businesses that improve water quality, build toilets & safely deal with waste.

  • 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 £470,798 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. UK Government match funding will a new project in George Compound, in Zambia's capital Lusaka,


    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. UK government match funding will help 55,000 people.

  • 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.


It costs £30 to change another persons life with better hygiene, decent toilets and clean water.

They told us how our support has helped them build not 1 but 8 gardens. Now nobody goes hungry and they have extra to sell. They’ve pooled their resources, built a school and persuaded the government to fund a teacher, who still teaches two classes every day.

In 2004, hygiene education, simple sanitation & safe water changed everything for the people of Nalitonogo in Zambia.