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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2017 and now into 2018, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and online at Ocado together with the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Water Project

Trade Aid UK supported Village Water in 2016, by providing funds to one of its well projects in Zambia, which enabled the charity to transform lives in Muzhimba Village with hygiene education, sanitation and safe water. Muzhimba Village is situated in Mongu District, Western Province, Zambia.

The village now has a total population of 157 people in 27 households. There are 28 men, 32 women and 97 children. The communities main source of income is farming and the staple crops are cassava and groundnuts. Some families also earn money making baskets and mats and handicrafts and some have livestock.

A new waterpoint was installed on 23 November 2016. The well was rota jetted to a depth of 24 metres, the water table was found at just 3 metres so this will future proof the waterpoint against global warming and changing water levels. The waterpoint fills a 20L container in 55 strokes and produces water after just 1 stroke. The water quality tests were good and there was no smell produced from the water.

The village have started a water committee who were given a simple pump maintenance toolkit, including grease and spanners and provided maintenance training by the manual drilling team. The community plan to contribute rice or maize after harvesting which can be sold at market to raise funds for a maintenance fund.

Field staff from Village Water completed a follow up visit to Muzhimba Villageon in March 2017 and were pleased to find the pump was working well and producing constant water. Already the community are experiencing better health, health surveys completed showed that there had been no cases of diarrhoea in the previous 7 days. A 100% reduction! Safe water has also attracted new families to the community and the population had grown from 138 to 157 since installation of the new waterpoint.

In Zambia, most rural villagers do not have access to enough clean water.  A village woman often spends three hours a day carrying one 20-litre plastic container of water. This is not sufficient water for drinking, cooking and washing. Diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases are common and life-threatening. Diarrhoea, particularly among children, is one of the leading causes of infant mortality in Zambia and a major contributor to malnutrition.

Village Water provides hygiene education and sustainable water for rural villages in western Zambia. Village Water only install protected shallow wells with manual water pumps that allow the people to draw uncontaminated water from underground.  In such isolated regions, connection to mains water pipes is not viable. An independent source of water must therefore be located in order for a well to be installed. 

You can find out more about the work done by Village Water at www.villagewater.org.

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