Village Water enjoys long-term relationships with trusted local partners who are best placed to bring about the changes people really need.
In Africa, our partners include Village Water Zambia (VWZ), the council, health and education bodies who support communities and schools, the communities and schools themselves, and small businesses trained within our programme, such as manual drilling teams.
Village Water Zambia
We have worked with VWZ since 2006, helping them register as an independent Zambian organisation.
Over the years, as well as providing financial support, we have worked with them on Board and staff development, programme planning, policies and recruitment and run extensive training in financial and reporting systems.
VWZ has grown from 3 to 20 staff since 2007, based in four offices. They have a great reputation in Zambia as an effective, professional team, making a real difference in the field of water and sanitation.
The number of waterpoints we fund has grown year on year, so we’ve set up a network of groups to help monitor the benefits. District Joint Monitoring Teams (DJMTs), comprising staff from the local council, the education authority and from the Ministry of Health have been trained to support our activities.
DJMTs visit communities and schools to carry out hygiene training and follow up activities, inputting data onto mobile phones, which is then uploaded to our database, giving a real time picture of change and further support needs.
In 2016 we hope to start working in Mozambique, where access to sanitation and safe water is very low.
Learning from our experience in Zambia, we will work through a network of local partners to deliver hygiene and sanitation training and build a protected shallow well. We will train a manual drilling team, helping to establish them as a viable enterprise.
Established in 2003, initially run by volunteer Trustees, Village Water now has 5 staff based in Shropshire. Some of our supporters have been with us since the beginning, helping us to grow.
From our early days with the British Society of Dowsers, we enjoyed support from across England and Scotland, where an active band fundraised at Glamis Proms for many years.
We now receive support from a wide variety of donors including Trusts, businesses, Government bodies, community groups and individuals.