Winsley Village Project – Water for a Zambian Village

A new project! Water for a Zambian village  

The Winsley Village Project raises funds for three charities, one of which is Just a Drop. We have now (in partnership with Winsley School) raised the money required for a water harvesting and storage facility for Kyala School in South Eastern Kenya. Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to this very worthwhile venture which will make a huge difference to the children at the school and their community.

Our next project is to raise £9,940 to provide a borehole water supply for a small village in Northern Zambia. Zambia is a large but sparsely populated country; life expectancy is only 51 and most of the population live in great poverty. Half of them do not have access to safe water, or access to proper sanitation and, every year, many die every year from diarrhoea caused by this.

We do not yet know the name of the village we will be helping, but it will be a small, remote rural community with no local school or health services, and no safe water supply. In this area, 30% of eligible children do not attend primary school and those that do walk an average of 70 minutes to and from it each day.

Just a Drop’s experience is that villagers are desperate to get their own water supply, and that they are very happy to provide manual labour as volunteers. Selected members of the community will be trained and equipped to maintain, repair and manage the water system; every household will contribute a small sum each month to create a fund for future repairs and services.

The money we raise will provide a new borehole on “our” village and refurbish a broken one in a nearby community.  And it will transform the lives of people living there – clean water saves many lives! Very often, having a water supply in a village encourages more people to come and live there, and that may lead to getting a local school and a health clinic.

Helping more children to get to school is one of the most effective ways of breaking the poverty cycle. Education gives the next generation the chance to move on and to improve their lives. It is also true that, in Africa, children whose mothers who receive five years of primary education are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of five. Education and the chance it brings of worthwhile employment is a vital component in the fight against preventable diseases, drug use, and starvation