Our goal is simple:
Safe Water and Sanitation for All.
We leave no-one behind
Right now, our work is focused in Nalolo (Western Province in Zambia), and Chimoio (Manica Province in Mozambique). We won’t finish until there is 100% water coverage in both of these districts.
We support our local partners to carry out hygiene and sanitation promotion and improve water access, and train communities so they can maintain the changes after we’ve gone.
We work with local authorities to co-design projects that we know will benefit every community, whilst also strengthening a wider district plan.
To increase access to safe water in the wider country we promote manual drilling – the cheapest, safest way to reach remote areas – and have successfully trialled it in North Western Province.
Developing partnerships is the core of what we do. Read more about our partners.
North Western Province
Lusaka (DFID project)
Village Water have been chosen to take part in a technical assistance facility with IRC and ‘Agenda for Change’ partners. Read more about systems change.
3 steps to happy
1. Hygiene education
Good health starts with good hygiene.
Education sessions cover the importance of hand washing, ending open defecation, disease awareness and prevention.
Menstrual hygiene education for all adults and children in grade 4 and above (male and female) helps to reduce stigma and dispel the myths about periods that stop girls from getting an education.
Improved sanitation prevents diseases.
Every household learns how to build a private toilet and tippy-tap from locally available, free materials.
In larger schools and health centres we support the construction of permanent, private sanitation blocks with flushing toilets, sinks and showers.
3. Safe water
We adapt our projects to fit local needs.
This means community hand pumps for most villages and schools, and for larger populations solar water systems that can serve thousands with safe water.
For smaller communities and single households, we support independent businesses that provide affordable ways for people to invest in their own water source.
Stories worth sharing
Mutinta is a single mum with two children. She had to walk for miles every day to fetch enough water for her family.
‘The water was dirty and tasted bitter. I was always tired because the water was so heavy to carry.’
The water would often make her children sick and Mutinta would spend what little money she had saved on medicine.
But now, things are different.
‘Our lives have changed. We are now drinking clean water. I no longer have to travel distances to fetch it. My children’s health has improved and I am able to spend more time improving my business.’
Mutinta sells maize in the local market and now she has time to make enough money to put food on the table, improve her home and send both her children to school.
When you donate to Village Water...
you are supporting locally appropriate solutions, creating opportunity along the way.