Water Sanitation and Hygiene

We are the largest provider of clean water in Zambia. We believe every child deserves and has the right to use safe water and live in a clean environment.

For the past 30 years, World Vision Zambia has been providing access to clean and safe water across the country. Over the years, we have sunk boreholes in 28 districts where we are currently implementing activities. This is in response to the current lack of clean and safe water used in the country. Thirty-two percent of people lack access to improved water supply, with rural areas heavily affected. Forty-nine percent of the rural population relies on unsafe sources compared to just ten percent of the urban population. National access to proper sanitation is low at forty percent. In rural areas, access to improved sanitation is even lower at fifteen percent compared to seventy-thee percent for the urban population. The poor water supply and sanitation services, especially in rural areas, contribute to a high burden of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera in Zambia. Diarrheal diseases are responsible for nine percent of under-5 mortalities in Zambia.

Our projects implemented include the drilling and rehabilitating of boreholes and more recently, mechanization. This is a system that involves connecting one borehole to strategic points such as health facilities, schools, and several clustered households with piped water using a solar system. Since 2008, we have drilled 4,403 boreholes which have benefited 1.1 million people. Under the hygiene and sanitation sector, we are working with schools and households in behavioral change messages and in addition the construction and upgrading of latrines. Over the next three years, we have made a commitment to provide clean water to 1.2 million people across Zambia. 

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Achievements in 2022

  • We provided 432,649 people in communities with access to a sustainable drinking water source and we provided 573,965 people with household sanitation.

  • We supplied 81,010  children with access to drinking water and 135,462  children with access to sanitation facilities at education institutions.

  • We supplied 46 health institutions with access to sanitation facilities.