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Village Water

  1. 1. Clean Water and Sanitation Saves Lives<br />
  2. 2. In Zambia, life expectancy is just 38 years.<br />
  3. 3. In rural areas 182 in every 1000 children die before their 5th birthday (WHO 2008). <br />
  4. 4. Approximately one half of the population of the developing world is infected with intestinal worms (found in contaminated water, and areas with poor hygiene practice). These parasites can lead to malnutrition, anaemia, and retarded growth and cognitive abilities (Chan, 1997).<br />
  5. 5. One of the two biggest killers of children in Zambia is diarrhoea.<br />
  6. 6. Village Water carries out sustainable water and sanitation projects in isolated, rural communities in Zambia. Currently operating in the Western Province, we have helped over 75,000 people since we started in 2004. <br />Village Water field workers in Mongu District<br />Operational Area<br />
  7. 7. Pan-African Award Recognition 2010<br />In November 2010 The achievements of Village Water Zambia were recognised by the prestigious pan-African AMCOW AfricaSan Awards. <br />We were selected as Runner Up in the Public Service Award category. The awards are dedicated to recognising outstanding efforts and achievements in sanitation and hygiene in Africa which result in large-scale, sustainable behaviour changes and tangible impacts. In particular the Public Service Award category honours institutions or individuals whose roles in public service have had significant impact on large-scale improvements in sanitation and hygiene. <br />The awards initiative is organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water in collaboration with many organisations including UN Water Africa, and WaterAid.<br />
  8. 8. Village Water starts work in a village by helping to set up a Water and Sanitation Committee. Elected by the community, they take ownership of the project, and organise both financial and labour contributions by the community. The Committee is always at least 50% women, recognising their role in water collection, and supporting gender equality.<br />
  9. 9. Using stories, dance, pictures, music and humour, field workers educate the villagers in good hygiene practice. <br />
  10. 10. Villagers are taught how to construct toilets, with hand washing facilities, from local materials…<br />
  11. 11. …as well as pot racks, pestle and mortar stands and bath shelters.<br />
  12. 12. Once the community has installed sufficient sanitation, a well is dug and a sealed hand-operated pump is installed. Villagers are trained to maintain the pump.<br />
  13. 13. Providing integrated water, sanitation and hygiene to communities reduces the number of deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases by 65% (WHO).<br />
  14. 14. Clean water has a dramatic effect on the incidence of life-threatening water- related diseases in a community.<br />
  15. 15. As well as saving lives, clean water and sanitation are the starting blocks to further development in a village:<br /><ul><li>Investment in water supply yields an average economic return of £4.40 to £1.
  16. 16. Investment in sanitation yields an average economic return of £9.10 to £1.
  17. 17. Human Development is more closely linked to access to water and sanitation than other development drivers, including spending on health or education, and access to energy services (UNDP).</li></li></ul><li>Extra water enables larger quantities of crops to be grown; preventing malnutrition, and providing a source of income.<br />
  18. 18. A local source of clean water means children have the time and health to go to school.<br />
  19. 19. Local, constant water enables people, and clothes, to be washed regularly, preventing disease and improving mental and physical wellbeing.<br />
  20. 20. Once the water and sanitation have improved, further development can occur in a community. Nalitongo Village built a community school and persuaded the Government to provide a teacher.<br />
  21. 21. The community may save up funds and start a business, such as a hammer mill facility for neighbouring communities, as was done in Zeko Village.<br />
  22. 22. The people we work with are truly grateful for the help of Village Water and our donors, thank you.<br />