Our ‘Water For Schools’ programme has provided access to clean, safe water to 17 primary schools in the Western Province of Zambia. Alongside providing sustainable water systems, this programme promotes the adoption of better hygiene practices among pupils, teachers and community members. It also trains local community groups for further advocacy and lobbying for the provision of safe toilets and better teaching and learning environments in primary schools.
£300,000 invested to date
05 Route, Zambia
40,000 lives changed
In the past, there would be 5 to 10 cases of diarrhoea in the school every month due to poor water and sanitation facilities and inadequate hygiene promotion. Today, we only have one case or two within a given term. It now looks like diarrhoea is becoming history for us as a school.
The provision of a clean, safe and sustainable water supply is critical in Zambia where over a third of the population (approximately 5.2 million people) don’t have access to safe water and over 5,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation.
In the Mongu and Kaoma Districts across the Western Province over 80% of households use unprotected water sources, half of the sampled water sources are contaminated with faecal matter and communities have a limited knowledge about the link between disease, hygiene and sanitation. Less than one third of households in this area have access to latrines, while the rest practice open or bush defecation.
The lack of safe water at community schools, especially in rural areas, takes an enormous toll on children, particularly girls, who often have to leave school early to fetch water from distant water sources. This has a direct effect on school drop out rates, preventing many children from gaining a basic education.
- Building and refurbishing 17 water points and hand washing stations, bringing safe, clean water and sanitation to 10,000 pupils in 17 schools.
- Training hygiene promoters and implementing community training sessions on the importance of safe water hygiene practices.
- Training 17 parent community school committees, so they can influence local and provincial authorities to be more accountable and transparent on water and sanitation policies in schools.