UK aid plays an important role in our work, and has helped us bring clean water and safe toilets to thousands of people. What we do transforms lives, helping babies survive through to childhood, enabling children to attend school and adults to have more time for income-generating work, making communities healthier and more productive and helping in the fight against extreme poverty.
Esther (right) often went without bathing or ate only one meal a day, because she couldn't manage the 5km walk to the nearest water supply – until we brought safe, clean water to her village in Zambia.
The Big Dig Project
Through the Big Dig Project, we drilled new boreholes in some of the poorest communities in rural Malawi. As a result, 134,000 people now have access to safe, clean water – many for the very first time.
12-year-old Ze had dropped out of school to care for her family of nine. But after we brought fresh water to her village, she was able to go back to school, and the time previously spent collecting water is now spent in the classroom.