Village Water have provided 396 communities with water and sanitation, 29 schools with pit latrines, bath shelters and hand washing facilities and 140 schools with hygiene education thus helping over 125,000 people in Zambia!
The Zambia National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme indicates that only 37% of the rural population has access to clean water and 13% has access to sanitation facilities. In accordance with the Millennium Development Goals, the Zambian Government has set itself the target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. In rural areas of Zambia this means ensuring that 75% of the Zambian population have access to clean water and 50% have access to sanitation. Village Water is working in partnership with the Local Government in Western Province to make this a reality.
The task of collecting water in 20 litre plastic containers and buckets falls on women and children and often takes hours. A local source of water gives village women the time to create their own local enterprise, and children the time to attend school. As more money is made through these enterprises, families are able to pay for medicines and an education for their children.
Village Water field workers
Key to Village Water's projects is the groundwork carried out by professional community workers who help villagers organise a Village Water and Sanitation Committee. Through this committee each village takes ownership of the well and pump, and the ability to fund the running costs. This focus on ownership rather than dependence is essential for sustainability. The process that has been found to work is as follows:
From feasibility studies to operation and maintenance of water infrastructure facilities, Village Water offers professional water and sanitation consulting services. For many years, this organisation has been a reliable partner that has provided advice and assistance to its clients on how to manage water resources.
Village Water focuses on rual communities in Western Province where it transforms lives in rural Africa through safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Better health means children can go to school more and parents have time to farm and provide for their families.
Village Water achieves its clients’ satisfaction in rural communities by contributing meaningfully with their well-trained responsible team. Their knowledge base is updated to provide effective solutions and to achieve continual improvement. To ensure success and sustainability, this organisation focuses not only on planning and implementing technical details, but also on the global context of a project.