Mwinilunga Water and Sanitation Project, Zambia
Contaminated streams are the only water sources for this community who have no choice but to drink, wash their clothes and bathe in dirty water.
- 1 in 2 children suffer from life-threatening malaria or diarrhoea
- only 2 protected wells provide over 33,000 people with their daily water
- women and girls walk long distances to fetch water from rivers and open wells
- 40% of child deaths in this community are due to preventable diseases
The aim of this project is to deliver sanitation and clean water to over 33,600 people in Mwinilunga by:
- drilling 10 boreholes and equipping them with pumps
- building long-term protection against contamination for 5 wells
- building latrines for households and schools
- training locals to care for borehole pumps
- training 20 teachers to teach children about hygiene
- conducting 100 hygiene education sessions
Ngaya Shallow Well Project, Tanzania
Women and children have no alternative but to collect water with a rope and bucket from one very deep unprotected well.
The aim of this project is to deliver sanitation and clean water to over 8,600 people in the Busangi area by:
- sinking 30 shallow wells
- disinfecting water so it’s safe to drink
- training community members in water hygiene practices
In 2006, the United Nations Human Development Report stated that clean water and sanitation are "the most powerful preventive medicines available to governments in reducing infectious diseases". This is further evidence of the need to continue working at a local level to ensure every community worldwide has the clean water that is their right.