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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2019 and now into 2020, 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 together with the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. 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

Trade Aid UK is supporting Village Water with a grant to enable the charity reach a new community, Libuta Village, in Senega District, Zambia.  This will fund a new water point, thereby providing the community with safe accessible water and access to hygiene and sanitation training. Libuta village is home to 154 people with 46 women, 46 men and 62 children living in 30 households. There are only 5 households with latrines and no handwashing facilities at all. Eye infections and diarrhoea are common.

Without this project, the villagers have no clean water source and rely on a scoop hole on the outskirts of the village. The hole is unprotected, so open to insects and animals, and as open defecation is commonly practiced, the water is at high risk of contamination, particularly during the rainy season.

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.

You can find out more about the work done by Village Water at www.villagewater.org

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