Between 25th November 2018 and 26th February 2019 all donations to our Safe Water & Sanitation for All appeal were doubled by the UK government.
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, Zambia. There 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…
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 everyone. With 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. We’ll be updating progress regularly.