Communities with sand dams have access to clean water within a 30 minutes walk from their homes.
With School Water tanks, water is close to pupils hence help them have more time to concentrate in studies and play.
Rock catchments are used as Water harvesting structures.
Protected Shallow wells are dependable sources of clean drinking water.
A Rock Catchment.
A school water tank as roof catchment
Livestock quenching thirst from a sand dam; very impressive!!
Water from a Sand dam supporting irrigation of crops and vegetables.
Enabling communities attain water security is our core goal. We strive to attain this by helping communities to construct water harvesting structures like sand dams, shallow wells, rock catchments and school water tanks.
So far, we have reached 76,391 beneficiaries (65% women and 35% men) to construct 246 sand dams, 94 shallow wells, 76 school tanks and 10 rock catchments. These have helped reduce the struggle the communities had gone through before our interventions especially during the dry season when they were forced to walk for many kilometres over long hours just to fetch water, which is a basic commodity and a universal human right.
Some feasible impacts include:
- Reduced time spent by community members in fetching water from 6-8 hours to 1-3 ours hence utilizing the saved time to invest in farming and other socio-economic projects within the community.
- Reduced distance trekked to the water points from 8-12 kilometres to about 1-3 kilometres or even less.
This, however, varies from community to community, as some are closer to permanent sources of water than others and vice versa.
We have seen that with water available we can accomplish much, especially in horticulture. Apart from fetching water we can use the water for growing vegetables which are a source of income.
Peter Mwanza, Munyuni self-help group