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Access to water is transforming lives in Monze, Zambia

 

DAPP Zambia is increasing access to clean water in the lacking and dry parts of Zambia. This is done through mainstreaming water, sanitation and hygiene education in Monze district. The community based safe water provision efforts are covering 164 villages with a combined population of approximately 44,300 people. 

The current evidence indicates that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and the amount is projected to rise. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Sub-Saharan Africa and Zambia specifically are in need of support to ensure access to water and sanitation for all – Sustainable Development Goal 6.

We share with you the story of Basilia Mwiinga one of our Child Aid Monze project beneficiaries on how access to water has impacted positively on her life and that of her family. 

Enjoy her story!

 

 

“My name is Basilia Mwiinga and I live with a family of 12 at Kayobolola village of Moomba Ward in Monze District Southern Province of Zambia. 

I have always been passionate about gardening, but I was unable to succeed because of the scarcity of water in my village, especially during the dry season. The main water source is about 5 kilometres away from my village and this posed a serious challenge when it come to accessing water for gardening during the dry season. The closer alternative source of water is a perennial stream which most years goes dry in July. This water challenge affects my yield almost every year. 

However, Child Aid-Monze drilled a new water point in our village. The new water point has brought so much change in my livelihood and for the entire village. It has also enabled myself to engage in gardening all year round without water challenges.

The new water point has not only reduced the distance to accessing water for drinking and other domestic uses, but has also enabled people to engage in gardening closer to their homes. This year I managed to plant more vegetables than any other year. I have so far planted 179 plants of rape, Chinese cabbage and tomatoes. On a weekly basis I have been able to raise K35.00 (Euro3) from the sales of vegetables. Part of the money I raise from vegetable sales is used to support my school-going children and the purchase of groceries and other household requirements.  

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to DAPP Zambia for drilling the water point and continuous rehabilitation of old ones, through the Area Pump Menders, who took part in a training.” 

Child Aid Monze has constructed 16 new boreholes and rehabilitated 13 in the period ranging from January to December 2016. The on-site water quality testing was done for the 29 completed boreholes including the laboratory water quality testing. The rehabilitated boreholes enabled pupils to access safe and clean drinking water and facilitated gardening that improved their nutritional status and income from the sale of fresh vegetables. 

Through the WASHE – (Water and Sanitation Hygiene Education) meetings conducted, the community of Monze has gained knowledge and skills on good hygiene practices and the community has taken an active role to improve water, sanitation and hygiene at home. 

Humana People to People to which DAPP Zambia is a member, share the underlying factor that clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. 

The success of SDG Goal 6 will help to support vulnerable members of society in the developing countries with clean water supply and curb unnecessary loss of lives due to lack of better sanitation standards.

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