Project information

Luansobe / Kashitu Community Safe Water Project

This project in the rural Luansobe and Kashitu areas of northern Zambia will train 5 village water and sanitation committees in borehole maintenance, drill 5 boreholes and fit them with hand-pumps, thus providing 1,250 people with long term access to adequate safe water.

January 2011 - December 2011

Charity information

Kaloko Trust UK

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  • Need


    The target communities currently have to travel long distances to fetch safe water or use closer unclean sources. Health problems caused by water-borne diseases are common and women and girls spend much time walking long distances carrying heavy water containers.


    The project will drill five boreholes close to the villages and fit them with hand-pumps. Communities will contribute resources such as labour and local materials and site the boreholes in locations that are most appropriate. To ensure that water will be available into the future community-elected women and men will be trained and equipped to work together as a committee to maintain, repair and manage the water systems.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Five water and sanitation committees established and maintaining their water systems.


    » The project team will visit the local communities and explain both the aims of project and the selection criteria.
    » The project team will hold meetings to explain the approach and detail the expected community contribution.
    » The water-sanitation committees will be trained in pump maintenance and establish and manage user funds for the repair of the water supply systems.
    » A general meeting will be held once a year for all water-sanitation committees so that problems can be collectively identified and solved.

    Success will be the long term provision of clean water obtained from five boreholes maintained by the water and sanitation committees.

    Aim 2

    Five communities (1,250 people) have access to safe water from five boreholes fitted with handpumps.


    » The project team will facilitate the selection of various sites taking into account accessibility to the majority and environmental considerations.
    » A hydrogeologist will be contracted to determine the feasibility of drilling at different sites.
    » A drilling contract will be tendered and the most appropriate firm contracted.
    » Five boreholes will be drilled and equipped with hand-pumps.

    Success will be a reduction in the incidence of water-borne diseases and less time spent by women and girls in water collection.

  • Impact


    1,250 people in five villages will get access to safe water. Women will have improved productivity as they and their families will be healthier and spend less of their day fetching water. Children, in particular girls, will have fewer disruptions to their education, thus improving their lives well into the future. The local health clinic will monitor the incidence of water-borne diseases and Kaloko will appraise the usefulness of the project by soliciting community opinion of benefits.


    Risk; Communities might not wish to participate in training, raise funds for maintenance or provide their contribution of labour, stone and sand.
    Solution: The project was designed in response to community requests and only those fullfilling the selection criteria of attending training and raising funds will be assisted.


    Kaloko Zambia will report on the establishment and performance of the wat-san committees, the selection of sites and the drilling / equipping of the boreholes. The Kaloko UK Director will visit Zambia twice a year, talk to participants and provide a final narrative and financial report to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,050

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,315 Boreholes Drilling and equipping 5 boreholes
      £4,000 Handpumps Handpump installation and repair kit
      £5,195 Mobilisation Community mobilisation, site work and training
      £3,540 Management Management and monitoring costs
  • Background


    In the Luansobe / Kashitu area the current water supply has proven insufficient both in number and capacity to meet the demand for safe water. Many families have to use unsafe water with a consequent high prevalence of water-borne diseases. Most households send women and, usually girl, children long distances to fetch water in heavy buckets. There is a drain on household productivity through illness, tending those that are ill and less time to engage in more lucrative livelihood activitities.


    Of the 12,000 inhabitants of the Luansobe area the primary beneficiaries will be the 1,250 people in five villages who will get new access to safe water from the wells. Women will have improved productivity as they and their families will be healthier and spend less of their day fetching water. Children, in particular girls, will have fewer disruptions to their education, thus improving their lives well into the future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kaloko Trust has been working to relieve poverty in the Luansobe area of the Copperbelt Region in rural Zambia since 1989. Staff have extensive practical experience in health and self-help projects and by promoting the environmentally sustainable use of natural resources. Staff also live within the target villages and hold regular local consultations. They understand the challenges faced and together with communities develop locally appropriate solutions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Renato Gordon

    Director Kaloko Trust UK will visit the project in Zambia and ensure that project progress and achievements are adequately monitored and reported.

    Mr Lewis Jere

    Director Kaloko Trust Zambia will set up the project and oversee local staff input and field operations. He will liaise with the Dept of Health.

Collecting water in an open well

Collecting water in an open well


Access to safe water for one family