Clean Drinking Water for 15 Rural Villages inCongo

by AgroMwinda
Clean Drinking Water for 15 Rural Villages inCongo


This project will provide clean drinking water to 15 rural villages in Congo-Kinshasa. About 62% of rural congolese have no access to quality water. Lack of portable water causes high infant mortality: 43% of families lose half their children due to water-borne diseases, shorter life spans and reduced energy for livelihoods. Further, time spent to procure non-potable water adds to the already substantial suffering of women and girls and prevents their participation to education.

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With no access to clean drinking water infrastructures, congolese villagers drink from rivers, ditches and streams that contain high rates of harmful micro-organisms as they are open and pre-used by upstream communities and animals. While harmful micro-organisms cause water-born diseases and contribute to high infant mortality (100 per 1000 births in 2020), rivers and ditches are usually about 5 Km far from villages and in inaccessible areas.


To provide potable water to 15 villages, the project establishes essential infrastructure - a gravity-flow water system that pipes pure water from distant rivers to reservoirs built above villages, from which water runs through distribution systems to public taps near houses, schools and churches. The project uses local building techniques, knowledge and resources - and trains 2 people from each village before, during and after construction, to ensure that appropriate ongoing maintenance occurs.

Long-Term Impact

Long-term goals are: 1) completion of potable water systems in 15 rural villages; 2) reduction in water-borne diseases and halving of infant mortality; 3) greater awareness of health issues and changes in hygiene and sanitation practices; 4) greater availability of time for women and girls to engage in education and income generating activities; 5) heightened capacities to maintain water systems and initiate development activities; and 6) creation of a model of inter-agency collaboration.


Organization Information


Location: Kinshasa - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Project Leader:
Bertille Dunda
Kinshasa, Kinshasa Congo, Democratic Republic of the
$1,191 raised of $45,000 goal
14 donations
$43,809 to go
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