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Access to clean, safe water is vital for people to stay healthy and to flourish. Yet over 1 billion people world wide do not have the safe water they need to drink.
Lack of clean water leads to children becoming ill, or dying, from preventable water-related diseases like cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea.
In rural areas, women and children, usually girls, miss out on opportunities to earn a living or go to    school because they spend most hours each day walking miles to fetch water.
In towns and cities, existing water and sanitation facilities are struggling to cope with the ever rapid increasing urban population growth rate. Many households have access to only very basic latrines – or have none at all. Private vendors sell water at high prices to those unable to fetch their own.

Water and Sanitation Worldwide

  • Four out of ten people in the world (2.4 billion) do not have safe and clean toilets (Source: Water Aid-Water for Life)
  • Diarrhoea causes 2.2 million deaths per year, mostly children under five 
  • 64% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have no access to improved sanitation
  • 6,000 children die each day as a result of water-related diseases
  • In 2000, world leaders agreed, as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to work towards halving the proportion of people worldwide without access to safe drinking water
  • Between 1990 and 2002, 1.1 billion people gained access to improved water sources-but there is still much to do. (Sources: UNICEF, World Water Commission, Water Aid)
  • In Zambia, less than 40% of households have access to adequate water and sanitary services. 
  • Only 46% of people in Lundazi district have access to safe water and only 15% have access to a latrine (Source: Lundazi Ministry of Health)
Women have testified that they walk between 30 to 60 minutes, 4 times a day to collect water. Being able to collect water in minutes, not hours, means more time to earn an income for the family. Moreover, having a safe water supply, adequate sanitation installations and basic hygiene sensitization are essential to reducing cases of water borne diseases. If people are stronger and healthier, they have more time to spend in the field. With increased productivity and less medical bills to pay, the family income will increase.

RFDP Activities under Water and Sanitation

  • Facilitate the formation and support of water and sanitation committees-80 committees have been formed and supported
  • Rehabilitation of shallow water wells-9 wells have been rehabilitated so far
  • Establishment of water and sanitation health (WASH) clubs in schools-9 WASH committees have been formed so far
  • Sinking and construction of new shallow water wells 
  • Construction of ventilated improved pit latrines (VIP) in both community and government schools and promoting sanitation by use of hand washing facilities in schools-so far 70 VIP latrines have been constructed and 8 hand washing facilities have been installed. Toilets are benefiting 2015 pupils and teachers altogether 
  • Public awareness meetings and training workshops for water and sanitation committees on basic hygiene, ecological sanitation and water wells management-10 awareness meetings have been held and 5 training workshops have been conducted.
  • Distribution of bottles of chlorine to treat water in communities   
RFDP protect water sources and will forge ahead to build more new wells in communities to form more water and sanitation committees that will be responsible for the welfare of the wells in villages. Volunteers will be identified to spearhead the work at village wells. RFDP will continue to train committees to look after the new wells and keep them in good working order. Volunteers are trained in good hygiene and sanitation and are encouraged to pass their knowledge onto others to improve the health of their whole village.
Rehabilitated shallow water well done by RFDP with Support from Netherlands Albert Schweitzer Foundation
Unprotected Drinking Water source for most of the people in the local communities in Lundazi Disitrict.

sanitation5Rehabilitated shallow water well done by RFDP with Support from Netherlands Albert Schweitzer Foundation

sanitation6Unprotected Drinking Water source for most of the people in the local communities in Lundazi Disitrict.




a)    Training community based facilitators, pupils and teachers in Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)
b)    Mobilisation of community members to actively take part in the community led Total sanitation (CLTS) (including targeting of beneficiaries and leadership training).
c)    Sensitize and conduct awareness meetings to the target communities and schools on attaining open defecation free status, safe hygiene practices and improved sanitation technologies.
d)    Conducts transect walks, community village mapping with community members to areas of open defecation to illustrate the faecal oral transmission routes.
e)    Undertake advocacy and lobbying activities in target communities for rehabilitation, Provision and building of pit latrines and construction of Sanitation structures in the two districts

3. Improved hygiene behaviour
a)    Conduct knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey in all project areas
b)    Develop and disseminate hygiene promotion messages
c)    Promote hygiene education at household and community levels
d)    Promote hygiene education in 20 target schools
e)    Hold hygiene campaigns with strategies tailored from district to district and   community to Community taking care of various factors
f)    Training of Trainers in Hygiene Education in targeted communities and schools
g)    Printing & distribution of pre-developed and tested Hygiene Promotion and IEC   materials; Provision of Hygiene Kits to women members of vulnerable  households (Containing at minimum soap, bucket and chlorine (liquid or Aqua- tabs);

RFDP - Rising Fountains Development Program, Zambia