MDG: Increase access to safe drinking water
Help villagers in the poorest regions of the world gain access to safe drinking water.

Water ProjectsWe drill boreholes and install pumps to draw clean water from the ground and construct tanks to store water. In regions where demand is outstripping supply (causing the water table to be falling rapidly), we install rainwater harvesting systems.


Country-wise Capital Projects

Rainwater Harvesting, Mengjaiwadi pada, Wangni

Mengjaiwadi pada, in Wangni, India is a hill top village that faced acute water shortages during the dry season. The nereby springs and ponds were the only source of water for the villagers. These usually dries up by February/March. Moreover, the poor quality of drinking water from these springs and ponds was a serious health concern. During the summer months, when the springs and ponds no longer supplied any water, the women journeyed up to 4 to 5 km through mountainous trails to fetch water.

Village - Mengjaiwadi pada
Mengjaiwadi pada
The barren landscape
The barren landscape
Dried-up spring
Dried-up spring
Pond with unclean water
Pond with unclean water
Walking through mountainous 
trails to fetch water
Women traveled long distances to fetch water

To provide this village with a safe and continuous source of drinking water, UNFF installed a rainwater harvesting system. Roofs served as a catchment system, and water was stored in a cistern. A charcoal filter was installed between the roofs and the concrete tank to clean the water before storage. The tank was cleaned prior to storing water during the rainy season.

Steel frame for tank
Steel frame for tank
Cistern to store rainwater
Roof catchment system
Roof tops served as catchment system
Charcoal filter
Charcoal filter installed to clean water
Tank cleaned before storign water
Tank was cleaned before storing water

Many thanks to our project leader Atul Inamdar and the dedicated expert volunteers who have worked on this project!

Volunteers with atul Inamdar
Volunteers with Project Leader, Atul Inamdar
Laxman Dhebe Village Chief
Mr. Laxman Dhebe, village chief and head of water committee for Mengjaiwadi pada, welcomes us in
his home.
Women & children of Mengjaiwadi pada
Women & children of Mengjaiwadi pada pose for a picture in front of the tank frame.

For more information about our India Chapter, please visit our India section.

Borehole Drilling & Handpump Installation, Ngwerere

In March 2011, UNFF Zambia drilled a borehole and installed a handpump in the peri-urban village of Ngwerere, which is 11 km outside of Lusaka, Zambia.

We drilled down to a depth of 53 meters. Casing was installed to protect the well. The pump draws water from a deep aquifer. This borehole/handpump is located in the vicinity of a health clinic and a women's shelter. The handpump will supply a safe, reliable source of drinking water for the neighboring communities, and for those who come to use the health clinic and women's shelter - around 500 people per day. The total cost of the project was $4000 US.

The local villagers have assembled a drinking water committee to maintain the handpump. They will be collecting monthly fees from users and saving those funds for future maintenance expenses. UNFF Zambia will continue to monitor the borehole/handpump. We will attend monthly water committee meetings to ensure the pump is maintained.

We are grateful to Africa Drilling for a job well done! The crew, driller and management (Satish Reddy) executed on time and within budget! We are also grateful to the Ministry of Community Development for helping us identify a worthy project!

Neighboring village
Amit & Margaret Mbewe (of the Ministry of Community Development). In a neighboring village that will benefit from the well.
Health clinic
The borehole/handpump installed is near this health clinic. Patients will be able to now use the new water source.
Women's shelter
The women's shelter that is being constructed close to the well we just installed. New well will also serve the women staying here.
Bringing in the drill rig
Bringing in the drill rig.
Drilling has begun
Drilling has begun.
Drill has reached water
Drill has reached water.
Gravel for the cement
Gravel for the cement.
Placing the pump inside the borehole
Placing the pump inside the borehole.
Receiving thanks from a local politician
Receiving thanks from a local politician.
Completed well with handpump installedk
Completed well with handpump installed.
Water committee member trying out the new hand pump
Water committee member trying out the new hand pump.
Filling a water bottle as a souvenir
Filling a water bottle as a souvenir.
Some of the children who will benefit from the new well
Some of the children who will benefit from the new well.

Water Project at Lusungu Children’s home

Borehole drilling at Lusungu Children's Home
Borehole drilling at Lusungu Children's Home
Lusungu Children’s Home is an orphanage in Chingola, which is in the Copperbelt near the border with the Congo. Over the past 15 years, Bishop Caddie Ngambi and his family have created a self sustaining haven here for up to 95 abandoned and abused children. In 2014, the Lusungu Children’s home was selected for a capital water project to provide clean and safe drinking water to the children at the orphanage.

The project involved drilling, casing and developing a 50 meter borehole. In addition to this, it also provided a pump, storage tank and plumbing to connect the well to the residential buildings in the compound.

For more information about our Zambia Chapter, please visit our Zambia section.