Village Water - Zambia
Hygiene education and safe water
Village Water supports and helps communities in Zambia to help themselves. They support training so that people have the skills and tools needed to look after their new water point, practise good hygiene and working in partnership.
This project will support three schools in Zambia and up to 15 feeder communities. Village Water start by providing hygiene education so that pupils understand the link with ill health and to encourage them to change their habits to reduce waterborne diseases. They then install a safe water point with parents helping with labour and contributing sand and stones.
The pupils take part in a number of activities and build simple tippy tap hand washing stations throughout the school. The children become the new hygiene promoters in their home village, raising standards in a way that does not happen when adults relay the message. There has been a massive impact using this method – the pester power of the children has led to a growth in latrines and hand washing in the villages around schools.
And then, when they become parents, the culture of good hygiene will be second nature together with all the health benefits that we take for granted.