How we reach 100% coverage

February 16th, 2023

Our goal has always been to see no-one left behind without safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). So, alongside our regular pump repair projects, this year we are scaling up our work on a district wide plan in Nalolo district, Zambia.

This plan will help the residents of Nalolo achieve 100% WASH coverage by 2030, and reach around 87,800 people – that’s more than the population of Shrewsbury, where our office is based.

It has come together through a collaboration between all WASH stakeholders in the district; from community level to government ministries, utility companies, sanitation services and other charities.

We have worked together to map the existing stock of water points and latrines, and then analysed the gaps in services to identify which areas these stakeholders can take on and improve. It really is a unique collaboration, which will avoid duplication of work and support skills of local people already working to improve WASH in their communities.

This year, through our local partner ECHO, we will be training local masons in the construction of resilient latrine blocks, supporting spare-part shops with seed stock, working in schools and rural medical clinics to provide safe water points and sanitation facilities, rehabilitating and building new water points for communities, teaching girls how to make reusable sanitary pads, and funding mass hygiene and sanitation training for schools and communities.

Through working together and focusing on systems change, we’re so much closer to ensuring that everyone has access to WASH. This is a long-term solution that works.