Transforming lives

Village Water transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Better health means children can go to school more and parents have time to farm and provide for their families.

Transforming lives

Village Water transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Better health means children can go to school more and parents have time to farm and provide for their families.

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are the building blocks of community development, the basic ingredients that help all other changes to happen. Since 2003, we have reached approximately 180,000 people in rural Zambia. In the areas we work, only half the population has access to safe water and just 1 in 3 people has a safe place to go the toilet.

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are the building blocks of community development, the basic ingredients that help all other changes to happen. Since 2003, we have reached approximately 180,000 people in rural Zambia. In the areas we work, only half the population has access to safe water and just 1 in 3 people has a safe place to go the toilet.

What we do

Just providing safe water is not enough to reduce water borne diseases, so we also support hygiene education and sanitation training. Communities build their own simple sanitation facilities, including pit latrines with tippy taps for hand-washing, before a new water-point is installed. We train everyone to look after the new water-point to avoid break downs.

The difference we make

Time and again the people we work with tell us how their children can concentrate on school, how they are not going to the health centre anymore and how the knowledge they have gained has allowed them to take positive action to change their lives. And, we can prove it. In 2015, diarrhoea dropped by 88% and girls’ absenteeism from primary school dropped by 55%.

What we do

Just providing safe water is not enough to reduce water borne diseases, so we also support hygiene education and sanitation training. Communities build their own simple sanitation facilities, including pit latrines with tippy taps for hand-washing, before a new water-point is installed. We train everyone to look after the new water-point to avoid break downs.

The difference we make

Time and again the people we work with tell us how their children can concentrate on school, how they are not going to the health centre anymore and how the knowledge they have gained has allowed them to take positive action to change their lives. And, we can prove it. In 2015, diarrhoea dropped by 88% and girls’ absenteeism from primary school dropped by 55%.

“We used to fetch water from a source 1km away. Life was very bad and there were lots of diseases like diarrhoea. Kids would miss school because they were sick or tired. Now water is near. There are less diseases and we are more productive.”  

Ms Teresa Kakoma, Luwaya village

“We used to fetch water from a source 1km away. Life was very bad and there were lots of diseases like diarrhoea. Kids would miss school because they were sick or tired. Now water is near. There are less diseases and we are more productive.”  
Ms Teresa Kakoma, Luwaya village