Save Lives with Clean Water
According to the World Health Organisation over 2 billion people globally lack access to safe clean drinking-water supplies, while 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation. Diseases relating to unsafe water result in an estimated 1.7 million deaths every year. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
Map, courtesy of GIS+E, showing mortality rate attributed to exposure to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services (per 100,000 population). Source: WHO.
Mortality rate, 2016
Zambia 34.9 – Mortality rate 27 highest in the world
Staggeringly 6.3 million, of Zambia’s 16.3 million population do no have access to safe clean drinking water and 25% of all schools do not have a safe supply of water.
In many remote communities people have to rely on bacteria-infected streams and contaminated shallow wells, and in some areas from rivers teaming with crocodiles, to obtain water. Schistosomiasis, also known as Balharzia, is common.
What our charity is doing to help bring clean water…
Our work is supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
Our aim is to provide safe, clean water to outreach communities in Zambia; ensuring that schools have close access to clean water for drinking and food production for sustainable feeding programmes.
- Installed 24 boreholes in schools in four Chiefdoms
- Installed 5 boreholes in communities and one for a clinic.
- Added water reticulation systems, replaced water tanks, pipework and taps throughout Mukuni Village.
- Over 12,000 children now have access to safe clean water.
More than 5,000 young Zambia children die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases.
As of June 2020 we have installed boreholes at the following twenty-four schools: Mukuni, Kamwi, N’gandu, Kapatapazi, Siamasimbi, Libala, Sibbulo, Malima, Chuunga, Kauwe, Nampuyani, Muchimbale, Bunsanga, Siachikubi, Sinsimuku, River View, Kazungula Boarding, Nguba and Mayala, Muyunda, Mayoba, Zalu, Nakawa, Malimba and Chilaba, and at Mahalulu and Bunsanga Health Centres, and for the communities of Mukuni (2) Chise, Kafekwa, Mukamba, Mukalahani, Senkobo, Siamkoma and Siazibola.
What can you do to bring clean water?
You can donate towards a borehole for a school or community, which will last a minium of ten years.