Take a look at our 2015 Impact and Sustainability report
Every year we will publish a report showing you what impact we have had!
Proud of our commitment
Throughout 2015, I continued to be humbled by how something as simple as safe water, a safe place to go to the toilet and the act of hand- washing can transform lives.
Every year, mums, dads and children tell us about the difference these things have made to their lives, including being healthier, going to school more and having more time to farm and provide for their families.
I am proud of Village Water’s commitment to delivering lasting change and demonstrating the impact of our work.
Thank you to all our supporters who helped us to change lives in 2015.
John Irwin, Chair of Trustees
The difference we made
Reducing diarrhoea by 88% in the new villages we supported
Reaching almost 20,000 people with safe water
Increasing access to hygiene education in 41 primary schools
Helping families be healthier
Safe water alone does not reduce common diseases; our integrated approach of hygiene education, sanitation and safe water is what really makes the difference.
In their village, diarrhoea dropped by one third and eye infections were almost eradicated even before the new well was installed because families like the Musoles built latrines and started practising good hygiene.
By monitoring household health we can see the changes as they unfold.
Helping kids go to school
In 2015 we supported 36 schools with safe water and hygiene education, including menstrual hygiene management to break down the stigma that stops girls from going to school once they start puberty.
We also supported permanent latrines and safe water in five more schools.
As half the Zambian population is under the age of 15, we believe it is vital to work in villages and schools to reinforce the messages wherever young people spend their day.
Making a real impact
Real data, real results
Every time field staff from Village Water Zambia (VWZ) visit a village or school, they fill out a series of forms on a mobile phone.
This information is then submitted directly to our database to give a clear picture of change and where further support may be needed.
It includes: GPS coordinates, population, health surveys, water-point functionality, sanitation facilities and more.
Making a real impact
Local partner planning
We look at the data here in the UK to demonstrate our impact and identify gaps, while our local partners use the data to work out which villages and schools to prioritise and plan additional activities.
Local people are involved at all stages: education, construction and maintenance. Villagers take
ownership and record any changes.
As the number of communities and schools we support grows each year, we have invested in a network of groups to help with monitoring.
District Joint Monitoring Teams comprised of representatives from the local council and the Departments of Health and Education conduct follow- up visits to villages and schools to ensure changes are lasting.
Reducing diarrhoea by 88%
Our partners conduct household health surveys with three families during every visit.
This means we can monitor reductions in waterborne diseases from the first visit, which we call the baseline as no work has yet taken place.
We continue to monitor health during our hygiene and sanitation training, well installation and follow-up visits.
In 2015 the new communities we supported experienced an 88% reduction in diarrhoea.
....that are made to last
96% of pumps functioning
After a well is installed it is tested by field staff every time they visit. Recent follow-ups to 453 villages supported between 2004 and 2015 found that 96% of pumps were functioning.
We support basic pump maintenance training for school staff and community members.
Communities and schools establish water committees to look after the new facilities. They organise maintenance rotas and start a fund for future repairs and spare parts.
Well Good Appeal
36 schools & 25 communities benefit in the first year
Thanks to match funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), as part of 2014’s Well Good Appeal, we have supported safe water in 36 schools and 25 communities.
This is part of a two-year project and we will reach a further 25 communities and 20 schools in 2016.
Our work with DFID
Banging the drum for new latrine model
The DFID funds have also helped us to try out a new type of lasting pit latrine.
449 households are involved in the trial, which will run until 2017.
Collapsing pit latrines are a common problem in the communities we support due to the sandy flood-prone terrain.
When this happens families have no choice but to go back to open defecation until they can rebuild their latrine, setting back the progress in health and hygiene.
We will monitor the use and robustness of these pilot latrines and, if successful, hope they will become a model for future use.
Our new pilot latrines are reinforced with two PVC barrel drums. A sealed pit is dug close to the latrine and when the latrine is full the plug is pulled from the bottom barrel to allow the contents to drain into the sealed pit.
Where our money came from
...and how we spent it
We couldn’t have done it without your help
Our supporters are amazing! In 2015 you made donations, cycled, ran and much more to transform approximately 20,000 people’s lives in Zambia.
A special thank you to the 471 pupils and their teachers at Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury who helped us squat our way to a Guinness World Record for World Toilet Day, November 2015.
We would like to thank: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Waterloo Foundation, Cherwell, Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, Rotary Clubs throughout the UK, Today’s Group, V Festival, supporters of The Big Give and all our fantastic donors who are too many to list.
And a special thank you to our wonderful volunteers, who do so much for us.
Help us change lives
Take on a sponsored challenge or organise a fundraising event in your local community or at work.
Invite a Village Water speaker to your club, group or school.
Become a regular giver to help us to plan our work more effectively. You can set up a regular donation over the phone or by downloading a form from our website.
Make a donation via our website, over the phone or by sending a cheque made payable to Village Water Ltd to our office in Shrewsbury.
Just £25 can support one person with safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Help us change lives
Real change for even more people
Plans for 2016
In 2016 we aim to:
Support 122 schools and villages in Zambia.
Continue to work with Village Water Zambia to build their capacity to deliver water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that have strong local ownership.
Replicate our activities in Mozambique.
Monitor the success of the new drum latrine project.