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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2020 and now into 2021, 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. 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 and Sanitation Project

In late 2018, Trade Aid UK supported Village Water with a grant to enable the charity reach a new community, Chiwamba, in Kalabo, Zambia, with safe water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene training. Chiwamba village is home to 178 people living in 32 households. Most people are subsistence farmers, growing staple crops like cassava, maize and rice. Some families also keep chickens to make an income.

Before starting this project, the villagers had no clean water source and had dug a scoop hole on the outskirts of the village. The hole was unprotected, so open to insects and animals, and as open defecation was commonly practiced, the water was at high risk of contamination, particularly during the rainy season.

The villagers knew that the dirty water was the cause of recurrent illness and disease but had no other choice and were reliant on it for everyday use. The nearest health centre was 14 km away, so disease and illness spread easily and often went untreated.

In the village, 2 girls and 3 boys were not attending school, 100% and 50% respectively of those who were of school age. This could be due to lack of income, with families unable to afford the fees for secondary school, or due to illness. Of the boys not attending school, surveys showed their reason for absence was diarrhoea and had missed 5 days off school as a result. Girls often miss school completely due to being needed at home to collect water, or when reaching puberty are too embarrassed to attend due to the stigma surrounding menstruation, or the lack of private facilities at school.

Following, a programme of hygiene and sanitation promotion and the digging of a new well down from 2 metres to 24 metres, the incidence of waterborne diseases has been decreased dramatically.  Follow-up reports have revealed no cases of diarrhoea or eye infections. Of the 6 boys of school age, now only 1 was not enrolled in school, and of the 4 girls only 1 was not enrolled. Village Water expect to see this improve further. As the health and financial benefits continue to improve due to safe water, no children should have to miss school.

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.

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