Clean Water


Clean Water is one of The Salvation Army International Development UK's five areas of work.

We are working with communities around the world to access clean water and improved sanitation. 

The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland territory supports Clean Water projects around the world, including spring protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the construction of school toilets in Malawi and the installation of rainwater harvesting tanks in Kenya.

By improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities, The Salvation Army is supporting communities to become healthier and more able to use their time and skills on education and income generation activities.

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We are thankful for this borehole – it has given us new life!
Esther Kaonga
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Karonga, Malawi

In Karonga, Malawi, The Salvation Army has worked in partnership with community members to find sustainable solutions to water scarcity.

One element of the large-scale, integrated project based in this area is the construction of boreholes in village centres.

Esther Kaonga is chairperson of her village development committee in Lameck Kambombo in the northern district of Karonga where she lives with her husband and four children. She shares the impact that the new borehole has had for her family and others living in the area:

‘We reached out to The Salvation Army because we were having problems with diseases, and disagreements between people in the village. The water we were using was contaminated and we suffered from diseases like cholera and malaria.

We drew water from the rivers and had no way to treat the water so we fell sick again and again.

My children are clever, but because I needed their help collecting water, they would miss classes. It was hard for them.

Now, we are flexible, we are happy and we are hygienic. Now, we drink safe water. There is no more malaria in the community. The project has also included training community members on construction and usage of pit latrines, and how to install tippy taps for handwashing.

We are thankful for this borehole – it has given us new life!’

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