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IMPACTS OF SAFE WATER: A Focus on Ireen Chibangula

18 March, 2024 | Katienne Miranda
Categories: Carbon Offsetting, Case Study, Safe Water, Zambia

Ireen Chibangula, living in Zambia’s Central Province, works as a seasonal farmer, growing maize, groundnuts and soybean, which she also sells for an income. The rehabilitated handpump, has improved her family’s health as well as reduced time spent collecting water and firewood.

Ireen at the old water-point of her village.

Old Waterpoint of the village

Before our community borehole got rehabilitated, we would spend much of our time walking to collect water, as well as collecting and chopping wood. There was a big [fear] of being attacked by wild bees and snakes. Without easy access to water also resulted in poor hygiene.”

“Since our borehole got rehabilitated, collection of firewood and boiling of drinking water for drinking is not happening. This has helped my family have reduced eye problems and we suffer less from water-borne diseases. Now that less time is spent on firewood collection, I can focus more on my farming and selling of crops. I also spend my free time, with my family and singing at church.”

Community members across villages at the rehabilitated water-points, in our Zambia Central Province Safe Water Project.

Ireen is one of many community members, who have been positively impacted by the Safe Water Programme in Zambia’s Central Province, which contributes to SDG 3 ( Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

All Images and story, have been sourced with prior consent by our implementing partner- Village Water of the Zambia Central Safe Water Project.