We foster independence not dependence
Solutions have to be locally appropriate: local people know what works for them and we provide them with the skills, knowledge and equipment they need to manage lasting change.
We work in partnership
We believe in building local capacity and supporting the development of all our partners – Village Water Zambia, the district authorities, schools and communities – in order to increase access to safe water and sanitation. We prefer to invest in partnerships, rather than employ in-country staff directly.
We demonstrate our impact
Our monitoring system allows us to track improvements in health, whether the water-points are working, and the difference this is making to people’s lives.
Data is collected on mobile phones by our local partners, and uploaded to our database. We can clearly see the changes in every community, school and health centre we support and build a picture of those cumulative benefits over time.
Our long standing commitment to demonstrating the lasting benefits of safe water and sanitation set us apart from others.
We are small but mighty
We are a dedicated team of five, supported by our Board of Trustees and some hard working office volunteers. We are steadily growing and reaching more people with safe water and sanitation.
In 2014 we became the smallest charity to date to be selected for the Department for International Development’s UK Aid Match scheme. Our fantastic supporters raised over £287,000 to change 11,000 lives in Zambia, matched by the UK government.
Our size gives us the flexibility and space to try new things and adapt easily and quickly to the changing priorities of our local partners.
Our ethos of value for money helps us reach many thousands of people every year, with no compromise on standards, on a tight budget.