Cleaner water leads to agricultural development, higher levels of education and improved health and security

Billions are spent every year, trying to unlock new water sources, yet so many people still lack access. Water for Africa’s mission is to ensure sustainable water is at the top of the agenda when starting any new programme.

Our projects aim to address the sustainability gap through using state of the art technology and innovation to drive forward clean water solutions. By not acting, communities will continue to suffer from infectious diseases, failed harvests and poor living conditions. With more than half the current water sources failing in the region, it is vital to act now.

 

#1 Water Affects Health and Sanitation

Clean water, sanitation and effective water management are fundamental to addressing the water crisis.

Almost a tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by:

  • increased access to safe drinking water
  • improved sanitation and hygiene
  • better water management to reduce risks of water-borne diseases and recreational accidents
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#2 Water Affects Education

Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools affects children’s learning.

By providing a secure sustainable water source:

  • schools become equipped to provide education and children are able to spend more time learning
  • students are able to focus on their education without stomach pains and diarrhoea from disease and hunger
  • schools are able to run programs by providing water to students, faculties and their families

 

What else does clean water affect?

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Agriculture and Food Supply

It is not possible to address issues of food supply in Africa without improving access to clean water. Without access to a reliable source of water, food is hard to grow and even more difficult to preserve and prepare. It takes huge amounts of water to grow food. Just think, globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.

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Gender Equality and Opportunity

In most African villages, the responsibility of collecting water falls upon the women who spend hours walking to collect water for their families. Through building sustainable water projects nearby, women are able to take advantage of opportunities which they otherwise would not be able to. By providing easier access, we can close the gender divide and create opportunities.

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Future Generations

By 2050, the world's population is estimated to grow by three billion and 90% will be in the developing world. Unless sustainable water solutions are created, regions already stressed for water sources will be over capacity. With more than 40% of the world's population already living in conditions of water scarcity, it’s an issue that demands immediate action now. 

 

For many African governments, the challenge is not only finding more money for vital investments. It is also acquiring the technical capability to use the resources most effectively and the institutions capable of managing them properly. Water for Africa brings together the the skills, design, supervision and facilities, to engineer and effectively manage the whole lifecycle.

How can your project impact a community?

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First of all, a walk that used to take 4 hours, now only takes 15 minutes. More importantly, the water is now clean, safe to drink and easier to collect.

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Each project employs a hygiene worker who teaches your village the importance of sanitation. As a result there are now latrines and hand washing stations. 

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More and more women are now able to join the Water Committee to oversee their village's new water source. Through providing new opportunities, more and more women come forward and leadership positions are created.

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Due to the extra time available, more effort can now be focused on investing in the wellbeing of the village. The clean water source can now be used to grow crops and feed the wider community. As a result, extra food can be sold at the market and an income can be generated.

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Due to the large amount development taking place, other villages in the area hear about the fantastic work and believe that they can also benefit from a water project of their own. They hold a meeting and get their village elders and chiefs on board. They commit to the project as a collective unit and the whole cycle starts again!

Invest in a community now

Every £1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation can yield from £2 to £10 for the local economy, depending on the type of project.