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 were delighted to break ground in Mozambique, working closely with our local partners to bring the Village Water Way to rural villages.
We have been busy training partners and local government in how we work, and conducting surveys to assess the viability of manual drilling in different areas. We then set up and trained a manual drilling enterprise, aptly named Agua Para Todos – Water for All. The team is busy drilling the first water points and plan to market themselves to government and other clients. Our model is to nurture local enterprise and to build sustainable projects so that the communities we work with can support themselves. The learning from Zambia has helped with the successful launch of our venture into Mozambique and we are excited to carry on with even more water points in 2017.