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Annual Monitoring takes place in Lundazi, Zambia

18 October, 2021 | Megan Jones
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Climate Change, CO2Balance, Safe Water, Sustainable Development Goals, Zambia

Each year annual monitoring surveys are carried out across all of our projects. These surveys help us to assess the impacts which the projects have made on various factors including prevalence of disease, time poverty and carbon emissions.

A sample of communities are visited across our project areas and respondents are asked questions from various surveys. The responses are then compared to baseline surveys which were carried out before the projects were implemented allowing us to make direct comparisons of the results.

ROCS staff preparing to visit the communities.

In Zambia, the results for this year showed that:

  • The time spent collecting water had decreased from 1 hr 5 minutes to 33 minutes on average per trip.
  • 100% of respondents said that they never suffer from any stomach related illnesses or water-borne diseases. In the baseline surveys: 9% suffered weekly, 37% suffered several times per month and 12% suffered around once per month.
  • 100% of the respondents said that the project had saved them time due to a shorter distance to travel to the water source and less time spent queuing at the water source.
  • Women benefit the most from time saved in water and firewood collection as they are the primary collectors. Respondents said that time saved by the project was spent on:
    • Domestic work: 100%
    • Income generating activities: 92%
    • Religious activities: 93%
    • Social activities: 93%
    • Voluntary work: 91%