Population: 15.7 million people. 9.3 million people live in rural areas like Western Province, where we work.
Rural access to water: 51%
Rural access to sanitation: 36%
Preventable diseases: 40 children a day die from diarrhoea.
The difference we make
88% reduction in diarrhoea in the 45 new communities we worked with in 2015
800 communities and 80 schools supported since 2003
Dirty water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene stop families from fulfilling their potential. Since 2003 we have worked with communities in Western Province, one of the poorest parts of Zambia, where many families rely on water from unprotected sources, often sharing these with animals. Open defecation is the norm because there are no toilets, and this causes high levels of waterborne diseases.
Our work changes this, so families enjoy better health, are more productive, and most importantly can send their children to school.
Over 7,000 children die every year from diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases.
66% of people in rural areas drink unsafe water and only 6% have access to sanitation.
26 million people live in Mozambique, with 17 million living in rural areas like Manica Province, where we will work in 2016
The difference we will make
In 2016 we will work in 10 villages and train one manual drilling team
Nearly half of all Mozambicans live in severe poverty
In 2016 we plan to start working in Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries. Access to water and sanitation is extremely low and we believe our low-cost, effective solutions will be replicable in rural areas.
Dirty water and a lack of sanitation cause similar problems for communities in Mozambique as they do in Zambia – high levels of waterborne diseases, girls miss school because they are needed at home to collect water and parents are unable to dedicate enough time to earning a living
The Government of Mozambique has identified manual drilling as a solution to increasing access to safe water, and Village Water has selected Manica Province, where the terrain is suitable.