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.
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.
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.
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:
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