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Support for ongoing projects continued unabated in 2016 and into 2017, 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 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 is supporting Village Water, by providing funds to one of its well projects in 2017, which will enable the charity to support families living in Natusha Village. The community is based in the Nalolo District of Western Province and is home to 190 people including 72 children under 10 years old.

The community are currently collecting water from an unprotected scoop well’s and have very few sanitation facilities. Village Water Zambia have already held their initial meetings with the community and they are very receptive to making changes to their hygiene practices and building sanitation facilities.

In rural Zambia, 49% of people still lack safe water, and in Mozambique it is a shocking 63%. Most people use water from unprotected scoop holes or rivers for drinking, cooking and washing. Rural sanitation is even worse. 7 in 10 Zambians and 9 in 10 Mozambicans practise open defecation as they lack basic facilities. Eye and skin infections are common and diarrhoea, preventable and easily treatable when people know how, still kills 30 children under five every day in Zambia and Mozambique.

With half the population in both countries under 15 years old, a lack of safe water, decent hygiene and sanitation is a barrier to them fulfilling their potential. When young people are sick, or needed at home to fetch water, they miss school. In addition, many girls simply drop out of education once they reach puberty due to inadequate facilities and poor attitudes and knowledge around menstrual hygiene.

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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