David Dixon visited Zambia for the first time
After seeing the desperate need for safe water, he enlisted the help of his friends to start fundraising.
Village Water supported its first communities in Western Province, Zambia
We repaired 20 broken water points and started to develop the Village Water Way, focusing on partnerships building capacity and lasting benefits.
Village Water registered as a UK charity
Our director Clare joined in 2011 and we have grown into a highly committed office team of 5 who love everything Village Water. Clare cycled the London Nightrider in 2015 (that’s her learning on the bike at the front).
Village Water Zambia registered as a Zambian charity, with our support.
We have helped them develop into a robust organisation, implementing projects for us and for others charities and businesses.
The first leg of the Row Zambezi expedition – Chavuma to Livingstone.
Our intrepid supporters become the first to row 1000km along the Lower Zambezi, raising over £25,000 for Village Water. Determined to complete the length of this mighty river, the team completed the Lake Kariba Moon row in 2014 and will take on Mozambique in 2017.
Lessons for Life, a programme of hygiene education for primary schools launched.
Hygiene education in schools helps pupils to practise good hygiene wherever they are. In 2015 we added menstrual hygiene management to the school programme to break down the stigma that stops girls going to school once they reach puberty.
Helping manual drilling teams to become independent businesses
Since 2013 we have helped train 6 manual drilling teams. In July 2015 the teams participated in intensive business skills and marketing training to help them to bid for work from other clients.
The Well Good Appeal Project.
We began our Well Good project in schools and villages in Zambia funded through our first grant from the UK government.
Village Water started a new programme in Mozambique, working through local partners.
Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2016 we supported 10 communities with safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and set up and train a manual drilling team. Ever wondered what it’s really like to volunteer abroad? Beth tells us about her experience…..