By the end of 2018 BICC-Z will provide 45 new boreholes for the neediest areas, where people walk miles and queue for hours to collect water. They will also train villagers in safe hygiene, to reduce rates of diarrhoea and teach skills like how to grow crops with limited access to water.
BICC-Z have already built a borehole in Mercy and Dorcas’ village - changing their lives forever.
'Since the well was built, we have lots of time to learn at school, play with friends and do our homework'
Dorcas says, 'Animals also used to drink from the stream, and so the water was never properly clean. Now we always have clean water. We thank God for remembering us this way.'
CREATING A LEGACY
In this three year project BICC-Z will be training people in how to drill a borehole, and how to maintain it. They will then be able to start a business, drilling other boreholes in surrounding communities.
To ensure that the boreholes are well looked after, groups will also be formed in each village, called Village Water Sanitation Hygiene and Education Committees (or V-WASHE). They will look after the water points in the area, and encourage people to maintain good hygiene and sanitation practices.
Getting the community involved is key to long-lasting change. As well as the V-WASHE committees, BICC-Z are launching Self Help Groups in the villages. These groups will do Bible studies together, learning about the resources that God has provided for them.
They will also save money together. Each week they will put small amounts of money in a pot that can then be lent out to group members as a loan for starting a business.
Through these initiatives BICC-Z are making sure that not only do villages in Zambia have access to clean water now, but they will have it for generations to come.