It is our mission to bring fresh, safe drinking water to over 1,000,000 villagers in East Africa by 2020.
Access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is one of the most fundamental basic human rights. There are still 663 million people living without clean water and 2.4 billion people without acceptable toilet facilities. In Africa, many local water sources are rivers, ponds or hand-dug holes which are often unprotected and shared with animals.
Our WASH team work tirelessly to bring safe, clean water closer to communities in East Africa. This involves tapping into groundwater, drilling wells, protecting springs, harvesting rainwater and providing water filters. Our new toilet design offers disability access, handwashing facilities and a washroom suitable for girls during menstruation.
At Fields of Life we have three of our own drilling rigs and equipment. This enables us to drill our own wells at the most cost-effective rate. Our hydro-geologist ensures each borehole is drilled in the most suitable location and our drilling teams work hard to complete every well to the highest possible standard.
WHY DOES WASH WORK?
In addition to providing sanitation facilities in schools, our WASH programme includes work to improve the health and quality of life of thousands of people in marginalised communities through:
- the provision of a safe water supply
- promotion of appropriate hygiene practices
- the use of sanitation facilities.
WASH has another important contribution beyond the health impacts. When communities are able to use improved water supply and sanitation facilities it broadens their horizon and allows them to see other development possibilities within their communities.
Download the Fields of Life WASH leaflet for more information.
You can read more about our drillers, WASH training and water projects in our Latest News.