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Between 25th November 2018 and 26th February 2019 all donations to our Safe Water & Sanitation for All appeal were doubled by the UK government.

How much did we raise?

Donations from the public went towards our core hygiene, sanitation and water programme in rural Zambia and Mozambique.

AND your donations also unlocked matched funding from the UK government allowing us to begin a new two-year project in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Find out why this project is needed right now…

George Compound is an overcrowded, informal settlement in Lusaka, ZambiaThere is no formal drainage or sewerage system. 

Contaminated water caused by overflowing toilets and open defecation was one of the main causes of the cholera outbreak that affected 5444 people in 2017, and it remains a high risk every year for families living in George.

In this two year project, we will develop independent local enterprises to improve water quality, build toilets and safely deal with waste and provide training to improve hygiene practices within the community. This will prevent diseases like cholera and ensure safe water and sanitation reaches 55,000 people living in George Compound.

With better health people can take charge of their own futures. They start businesses, improve their homes, and invest in their children’s education.

In 3-months we raised an incredible…

£292,871.69

and completely smashed our target of £250,000. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved, by donating, fundraising, coming to our events, sharing the appeal with their friends and family. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Investing in people

George Compound is home to 187,000 people but toilets are in short supply and waste disposal is a huge problem. When they get full people have no choice but to open defecate. 

But enterprising people like Tobia Mboynga are turning a bad situation into an opportunity. He’s started a waste removal business, offering affordable latrine emptying to his community, he told us: “I have done this work for 5 years and I enjoy it, it is a good living. We’re always busy – I can’t keep up with demand!”

People like Tobia are doing the dirty work every day, improving their own lives and the environment for everyoneWith this new project we can help more budding entrepreneurs start businesses that build or maintain toilets. Creating jobs that help families improve their lives and makes affordable, lasting solutions to sanitation available for everyone.

 

 

The project so far…

Thanks to your support, the first few months of our new UK Aid Match programme in George Compound in Zambia’s capital city Lusaka have started with a flourish. The aim of the project on the ground is to share information at with household and school communities about the links between poor hygiene and sanitation practices and poor health.

Many diseases including eye and skin infections and diarrhoea are preventable if you have the knowledge, and our goal is to give people this opportunity to improve their own lives through changed hygiene and sanitation practices.

We are ambitious. We plan to reach 46,898 people with this life-changing 26-month project.

So, what have we achieved?

We launched the project with roadshows at three local marketplaces, drawing in crowds of around 1600 people of all ages.  

Alongside music, dancing and competitions, there was also a more serious message about the importance of good hygiene which received enthusiastic support. 

In these first few months of the project we have also been collecting data in order to measure our impact and the changes we want to see.

This is what we’ve found at the start:

  • Only 65% of households have any sort of handwashing device.
  • 40% of households don’t have a toilet.
  • One school with over 3500 pupils has no handwashing facilities due to water shortages.
  • 61% of households use water which has not been treated by boiling or using chlorine.

In order to reach the thousands of people who live in informal slum settlements in Lusaka, we work with local community health workers (training session pictured), who volunteer their time to go door-to-door with messages about water treatment and storage, the importance of handwashing and the links between poor sanitation and poor health.

These volunteers are local and live in the area where they volunteer.  They know the reality on the ground and what needs to be done. They will make at least four visits during the project to over 7000 households to ensure that the messages are being understood and changes in hygiene and sanitation behaviour are sustained.

“I want the community to learn, for the better living and I enjoy seeing the changes.  It’s our community, we need to change. “

-Violet, community volunteer and local resident for 20 years.

There’s still a long way to go, but so far visits to 4051 households have been made, reaching 17,155 people. Without your help none of this would have been possible.  Thank you!

You can sign up to the Village Water newsletter to get updates as this project goes on

            

 

You can sign up to the Village Water newsletter to get updates as this project goes on

            

Safe Water and Sanitation For All

Between 25th November 2018 and 26th February 2019 all donations to our Safe Water & Sanitation for All appeal were doubled by the UK government.

How much did we raise?

Donations from the public went towards our core hygiene, sanitation and water programme in rural Zambia and Mozambique.

AND your donations also unlocked matched funding from the UK government allowing us to begin a new two-year project in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Find out why this project is needed right now…

George Compound is an overcrowded, informal settlement in Lusaka, ZambiaThere is no formal drainage or sewerage system. 

Contaminated water caused by overflowing toilets and open defecation was one of the main causes of the cholera outbreak that affected 5444 people in 2017, and it remains a high risk every year for families living in George.

In 3-months we raised an incredible…

£292,871.69

and completely smashed our target of £250,000. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved, by donating, fundraising, coming to our events, sharing the appeal with their friends and family. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Investing in people

George Compound is home to 187,000 people but toilets are in short supply and waste disposal is a huge problem. When they get full people have no choice but to open defecate. 

But enterprising people like Tobia Mboynga are turning a bad situation into an opportunity. He’s started a waste removal business, offering affordable latrine emptying to his community, he told us: “I have done this work for 5 years and I enjoy it, it is a good living. We’re always busy – I can’t keep up with demand!”

People like Tobia are doing the dirty work every day, improving their own lives and the environment for everyoneWith this new project we can help more budding entrepreneurs start businesses that build or maintain toilets. Creating jobs that help families improve their lives and makes affordable, lasting solutions to sanitation available for everyone.

The Lusaka project is due to start Summer 2019. Check back here for updates, or follow our social media pages.