Clean Water and Sanitation

On average in rural Zambia, a women or child will spend 25% of their time on the daily chore of collecting water.

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We are currently working to provide safe water access, clean sanitation and education on proper hygiene practices for the people in Zambia, Africa. Our goal for the next 18 months is to build 6 wells, 24 toilets, and provide education within the schools and communities in Keembe, Kachele and Siavonga. We will provide these services for 100,000 people.
These deliverables will allow our beneficiaries to increase productivity (including their ability to farm), reduce illness, increase school attendance, and increase food production. It will also improve the general well-being and happiness of the people.

Waterborne and water related disease will be reduced, as well as the time spent in fighting disease.

Challenges in Zambia include:

  • Waterborne diseases: caused by the ingestion of water contaminated by human or animal feces or urine containing pathogenic bacteria or viruses (cholera, typhoid, amoebic and bacillary dysentery and other diarrheal diseases).
  • Water-washed diseases: caused by poor personal hygiene and contact with contaminated water (scabies, lice and tick-borne diseases).
  • Water-based diseases: caused by parasites found in organisms living in contaminated water  (dracunculiasis and schistosomiasis).
  • Water-related diseases: caused by insect vectors, especially mosquitoes, that breed in water  (dengue, malaria, onchocerciasis, trypanosomiasis, yellow fever).

School attendance will increase. With centrally located water stations children will drink safe water from a tap at their schools and as a result, absenteeism is reduced and pupil attention in class is improved. Children will learn proper hygiene practices such as keeping their clothes and bodies clean, washing their hands and hair, trimming their nails, and other practices that will reduce the spread of bacteria and disease. By installing proper sanitation, a girl will no longer miss class because she can get the privacy she needs to ten to her personal needs.

Food production will increase. Food contamination will be decreased by the ability to wash the food before it is consumed and with proper sanitation stations surrounding the home. Community members will be able to use accessible and clean water for gardening and livestock which will allow them to feed their families and even sell the surplus for income generation.

Our Progress

2014:

  • Two boreholes provided (wells): Kenya, Zambia.
  • Six Toilets build: Zambia.
  • Education provided: Taking proper care of your feet!   35,000 children.

Our Next Steps

2015:

  • Water, Sanitation and Education on Personal Hygiene grant search and submission.
  • Build 6 wells, 24 toilets and offer education on proper hygiene to 100,000 people.