Living Water International Zambia mobilizes communities, churches, and local governments toward physical and spiritual transformation through increasing access to sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and the gospel of Jesus Christ that alone quenches the deepest thirst. Currently, we operate in the province of Lusaka with a focus on two districts: Chirundu and Rufunsa. In 2013, the program launched the country’s first WASH Program Area (WPA) in Chirundu. Despite Living Water Zambia’s size in comparison to other players in the sector, we have positioned ourselves well to deliver WASH services in Jesus’ name. Our program has a growing, dedicated, and multi-skilled team that is increasingly grounded in the values of Living Water, committed to integral mission, and works well with communities, churches, and the government. A major strength of Living Water Zambia is its ability to engage and work with the local church and build long-term relationships with churches, communities, and other bodies at all levels in the delivery of its services. The program collaborates with local authorities, churches, and like-minded institutions such as the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia. Our work has become more geographically focused, and we concentrate on achieving high levels of coverage through long-term, impactful relationships before moving to new geographical areas.
Living Water International Zambia aims to mobilize communities, churches, and local governments toward physical and spiritual transformation through increasing access to sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and the gospel of Jesus Christ that alone quenches the deepest thirst. By the end of 2018, Living Water Zambia will transition out of the Chirundu WPA, and will establish a new WPA in the Chibombo District.
SAFE WATER ACCESS
Living Water Zambia responds to the water crisis in specific operational areas based on demand where appropriate and affordable technology can be implemented. To deliver this promise, we collaborate with local government and local churches in the process of identification and mobilization of communities for WASH services. Some of the technologies include boreholes, spring protection, and other alternative water supply options as deemed feasible. Sustainability is at the heart of our promise under this objective. The use of Living Water’s sustainability framework (management, technical, and supply chain support) is of uttermost importance. Our staff engages community members and leaders for a period of at least three months prior to the arrival of the drilling, installation, and construction and continues with monthly management support after construction. Community water committees (CWC) are trained on sustainability and operations and maintenance (O&M) to sustain their water sources. Additional community members are involved in the installation of boreholes and education on proper stewardship of the water point: day-to-day use, drainage, security, cleanliness, and avoiding contamination. Community members are expected to contribute time, labor, and money to ensure protection and cleanliness of the water point. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed before a well is drilled in the community that stipulates roles, resources, and capacities required for sustaining water supplies, as well as how different aspects of hygiene will be managed. Living Water Zambia undertakes one follow-up support trip monthly to the drilled and rehabilitated water points to check on the collection of user fees and water quality. An exit plan and supply chain is established in conjunction with the local authorities.
SANITATION AND HYGIENE
Living Water Zambia recognizes that water supply alone cannot deliver desired health impacts. As such, our strategy focuses on integrating hygiene and sanitation promotion in communities and schools. Health workers and officers are trained in different hygiene and sanitation tools and approaches such as Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), and Community Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST), etc. School hygiene and sanitation framework are delivered through various tested approaches, such as School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), alongside Living Water’s core training and routine-based Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) tests. School health training is provided for school health club leaders jointly with the district health office. The school hygiene promotion focuses on improving the adoption of handwashing, latrine use, and personal and food hygiene.
IN JESUS’ NAME
Living Water Zambia’s priority is to improve engagement with local churches, with WASH as an entry point. Working within church leadership structures, Living Water Zambia works to strengthen the capacity of local churches in operational areas to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel and God’s love through safe water. Living Water Zambia believes in the powerful tool of contextual Bible storying and training of pastors and church leaders on integral mission to develop a vision, mobilize resources, and build relationships with their community. Every water point developed or rehabilitated in the community is a platform for the gospel to be shared through the following: JESUS Film—We share the story of Jesus in every community we provide water access. This has been an important rallying point for relationship building and a useful tool in sharing the gospel. The film draws a lot of attention, and enthusiasm bolsters the future success of other activities. Discipleship—At every water point, we share the gospel using an oral method, as an initial contact of the Word of God. This points people to Jesus and allows them to receive Jesus as their personal Savior before any construction activities begin. Bible Storying Training—The Word of God is shared by storytelling so the gospel reaches both literate and those who cannot read or write, giving opportunities to all groups of society to hear and participate in spreading the word of God. Church Mobilization Activities—Envisioning for integral mission, local church visits, and themed Bible studies guide the churches to adopt integral mission and develop a vision for their community. Being part of the local church, prayers with local community-based churches, and joint evangelism activities have been crucial in mobilizing churches. Other gospel proclamation activities through youth, school visits, and/or university outreaches.
Living Water currently works along the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Team members will use an LS300 or a LS400 drill rig with our in-country drillers and help our hygiene team share proper sanitation techniques and Bible stories. You’ll get to experience the rich Guatemalan culture in Antigua, including a coffee plantation tour and Cerro de la Cruz—a beautiful cross set on a hill.