Each year we try to identify and introduce new community projects. Our aim is always to improve the lives
of the local people in the Mfuwe area, so in 2014 we embarked upon an ambitious project to provide safe,
clean water to villages in the local community. We have called this new initiative "Commit to Clean Water."
Most of us take it very much for granted that, with the simple act of turning on a tap, clean, safe water
will always be available. Whenever we feel thirsty, or need to bathe, or even water our gardens, it
requires little thought or effort. But we are the lucky ones... around half of the world's population lacks
this most basic of life's necessities.
- It is estimated that, in Africa alone, over 345 million people are without access to clean water.
- Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water-, sanitation-, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly
all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
In the Luangwa valley, local communities are growing rapidly in size, and the majority of villagers still
have no convenient access to safe, clean water.
However, there is an answer to this problem...and we want to help. Safe, clean water is available, but it
is stored underground. To reach it, deep boreholes need to be drilled and central pumps need to be provided.
This is not such a difficult task, but it does require funding and organization. Charity Begins at Home, in
conjunction with generous donors, has already embarked on an ambitious project to provide a number of
boreholes in various village locations. Each borehole costs around US$7000 to construct, but with
continuing donor support, we plan to extend this project to other needy areas.
This is a project that we consider to be vital to the well-being of our local communities, providing
tangible benefits to thousands of people.
For more information as to how you can assist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org