Zambia is a poor, landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa. Many areas have unsafe water sources and limited access to sanitation facilities, which creates health problems in many communities. Schools and healthcare facilities also lack access to clean water. In order to meet national standards and guidelines, as well as provide safer conditions for the community, water systems, sanitation, and hygiene facilities are needed.
This water point will be within a World Vision operating region in Zambia. World Vision’s Zambia-wide operations are expected to run around $3.4 million in 2023 and this $15,000 water project will be within that total scope of work.
With a population of 17 million, 41% (7 million) of the people [in Zambia] lack access to clean, accessible water sources. Through your support, we will reach over 800,000 people through World Vision’s investment to finish the job.
The Zambia Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Program, which launched in 2008, helps to improve health, nutrition, and education outcomes through universal access to sustainable and safely managed WASH services.
World Vision began implementing large-scale WASH programming in Zambia in 2011, and since then, we have constructed 8,465 new water points that serve approximately 1.5 million people. Since 2016, we have reached 229 schools and 108 healthcare centers with clean water.
In these areas, families lacking access to safe water consume water from rivers or open wells—the same places where people bathe and wash clothes, and animals defecate—leading to diseases. Additionally, access to hygiene is very low due to a lack of clean water and soap, resulting in poor hygiene practices in households and schools. Culturally, women, and children are the most affected in communities when there is no safe water system because they are responsible for collecting and transporting water from wells and rivers to homes. This exposes them to many dangers and makes it impossible to engage in recreational, educational, and spiritual activities, since they spend many hours each day collecting water.
Zambia Water Needs Map
The World Vision Mission Statement
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.
We pursue this mission through integrated, holistic commitment to:
A typical $15,000 water point is a borehole well with a hand pump. But the specific location and details about the water project made possible by this $15,000 donation will not be known until it is started within the context of World Vision’s Zambia-wide work. A typical water point takes 6-9 months to complete. When the project is completed, Ingomar Living Waters will receive a completion report similar to the sample Zambia water point report provided. Also, when it becomes available, Ingomar Living Waters will receive the country-wide Zambia progress report for 2023 (Ingomar Living Waters has already received the Zambia country-wide report for 2022).
World Vision’s water points in Zambia on average will serve directly about 300 people. It costs on average $50/person to bring clean water to a community. However, there’s a chance to impact more indirectly.
Committees comprised of community members are trained to manage the water point and ensure the availability of water for generations. Water continues to flow from World Vision water points because of our integrated community engagement model that focuses on community empowerment and sustainability.
World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Our WASH work aims to help ensure access and empowerment for all. That includes equal representation of women on water management committees and girls in school WASH clubs, as well as providing schools and health centers with latrines that are equipped for menstrual hygiene management and designed to serve people with limited mobility. We also focus on maternal, newborn, and child health though BabyWASH, which integrates WASH interventions with maternal and child health initiatives to make a more profound impact on child health during the first 1,000 days of life.
We couldn’t have done this without the 37 staff members on the WASH team, who have the expertise needed to implement life-changing programs in sanitation and hygiene as well as water.
In Zambia, World Vision collaborates and coordinates efforts with local partners to construct water systems that deliver clean water to households, communities, schools, and health centers. As we increase our installation of water systems, we help ensure equitable water access, reduce WASH-related diseases (such as diarrhea) and deaths, and improve child well-being. We have begun partnering with water utility companies to reach large peri-urban communities with piped water directly to households.
All projects are made possible by World Changers.