Village Water believes everyone should have access to clean water. This local and international charity provides hygiene, education and sustainable water for villages in Western Zambia installing protected shallow wells with manual water pumps. Reliable source of water means small scale village farmers can harvest crops throughout the year instead of just rainy season. As a result surplus food can be sold at local markets. Village Water has a number of programmes offered to help them practice a healthy lifestyle.
The Village Water programs have a long-lasting impact. Good hygiene practice is maintained thus avoiding some of the life-threatening diseases. Families with access to water are able to grow their own food. Other classes include; dog control and children's needs. The village digs their own pit latrines, one per family.
Each community sets up a village water committee
Hygiene education classes are organised
A sanitation program is undertaken
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:
They use donated cement and other materials, and volunteer their own labour.
A hand washing facility is installed at the exit of each latrine.
Village Water uses local knowledge and skilled volunteers to locate the underground water supply, and local contractors to dig the well. Then the pump is installed.
Two villagers (one man and one woman) are trained as pump minders for maintenance of the well. Semi-professional pump minders are also on hand to fix more technical problems. The monthly subscription system, set up by the village members when the well is installed, pays for any repairs (about 10 pence per working adult per month).
The treasurer collects small monthly donations from each working adult. This empowers them to fund spare parts and keep the pump in good repair.
Water & sanitation consultants
Village Water provides water and sanitation consultancy services to individuals, as well as private and public institutions. This organisation is committed to developing integrated systems adapted to each water project. Village Water possess immense expertise in managing various water and sanitation projects from start to finish.
Professional water and sanitation consultancy service
Expertise in managing various water and sanitation projects
On schedule delivery
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.