Project information

Sustainable safe water in Zambia & Mozambique.

Village Water transforms lives in rural Zambia & Mozambique through safe water, sanitation & hygiene. We help families to be healthier so children can go to school more often, and adults have more time to farm and to earn a living so they can work their way out of poverty.

12 months

Charity information: Village Water

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  • Need


    In rural Zambia & Mozambique, waterborne diseases are common because half the population does not have safe water to drink & only 10% has a toilet of any type. Preventable diseases like diarrhoea stop families from fulfilling their potential: children are too sick for school, adults have no energy for farming. Collecting water leaves women with little time for productive activities. Lack of training & support leaves communities without the skills needed to maintain their water-points long-term.


    Village Water will support aprox 3,000 people in 13 communities. Each village establishes a committee to look after the pump & collect money for maintenance. Hygiene education sessions include disease prevention & hand-washing. Each household builds its own sanitation facilities such as a pit latrine & hand-washing stations. A new protected well is installed in the village & the community trained in basic maintenance so that it does not break down. Follow-up visits ensure the changes are lasting

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve health by reducing waterborne diseases


    » » Deliver hygiene promotion sessions after which each household will build their own sanitation facilities.
    » » Support installation of a safe, protected waterpoint and hand-washing facilities in each village/school
    » » Support local enterprises by contracting independent manual well drilling teams to install each well
    » »Conduct follow-up visits to check the health of community & waterpoint functionality and refresh hygiene & sanitation messages where needed.

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

    Aim 2

    Reduce absenteeism from school


    » » Support the installation of a protected waterpoint within villages to improve health & reduce water-fetching duties for girls of primary school age
    » » Support the installation of a protected waterpoint in schools to reduce absenteeism (boys & girls) due to waterborne diseases.
    » » Support menstrual hygiene management education in schools & villages to reduce girls' absenteeism due to menstruation

    Attendance and health surveys collected at every village and school visit will show will show improvements in attendance.

    Aim 3

    Increase sustainability of access to safe water & improvements in health across our project area


    » » Visit communities VW supported with safe water (2004 - 2016) to check pump functionality & report any remedial action needed
    » » Visit communities supported with safe water (2004 - 2016) & report household health, number of sanitation facilities & refresh hygiene training
    » » Support each new village/school to establish a Water Committee to oversee the changes about to take place and start a hand-pump maintenance fund
    » » Train each new village/school in basic pump maintenance including how to spot a problem & supply a simple toolkit including grease and spanners

    Household health surveys collected during follow ups visits will show long-term improvements in health & report on pump functionality. Findings will inform remedial actions

  • Impact


    > Reduce waterborne diseases by 80% & school absenteeism by 40%
    >Lasting access to safe water & sanitation for aprox 3000 people
    >Secure future of existing waterpoints for 50 villages (aprox 7500 people) & improve overall pump functionality rates
    > Testimonials will show more time for education & farming
    Data collected at visits to communities/schools before, during & after support including health, school attendance, pump functionality, & the number of sanitation facilities will inform outcomes


    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: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,900 Well construction x13 Equipment, materials, well digging teams, transport, fuel
      £9,140 Village training x13 Hygiene & sanitation training, pump maintenance training & toolkit, materials, staff time, transport
      £7,545 Monitoring & evaluation Village visits, staff time, transport & fuel (13 new communities)
      £3,000 Follow up visits x50 follow up at villages supported 2014-2016 includes, staff time, transport, fuel, H&S materials
      £9,415 Support costs (UK & Africa) Contribution to rent, staff salaries, utilities, reporting, governance, strategy, communications
  • 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 3000 people living in approximately 13 communities 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 2016 experienced an 82% reduction in waterborne diseases including 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 health benefits are lasting. In 2015 for every £1 spent on fundraising we raised £11.55 and 85p 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 CDR Oseo 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 just £20 to transform another persons life with hygiene education, sanitation & safe water

''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. When we spoke to her in 2016 she told us how her life has change...