College tutor’s charity trip to Zambia in support of Village Water

While most people are planning their beach getaways and BBQs, a tutor from Shrewsbury College is preparing to spend part of the summer in Africa, volunteering for Village Water.

Village Water helps communities learn about the importance of hygiene and build their own sanitation facilities, as well as providing new wells. This reduces life-threatening waterborne diseases to make communities healthier and allows children to go to school.

With the help of volunteers, the charity supports the manual drilling teams to set up their own businesses so that they can become viable local providers of water services to a variety of clients. This involves specialist training in financial record keeping, writing a tender, marketing and reporting so Accounting Tutor, Sarah Hartshorne, is travelling to Zambia to help train these teams.

She said: “After watching a film about Africa I decided that I wanted to fulfil a life-long dream of volunteering. I have been given the opportunity, through Village Water, to volunteer and teach in Zambia through working with local manual drilling teams to provide them with the skills to set up their own business enterprises to provide safe water for the communities.

“Rural water points in Zambia are usually hand dug, eight meters down in sandy soils – a very dangerous procedure. Village Water has supported teams to learn manual drilling technologies, a much safer and more lasting way to build wells which is also cheaper and quicker to do. This is an extremely important charity and I feel very passionate about helping.

“During my visit I will also be volunteering in the local primary school and spending time with families within the community to get more of an idea of how people in the local villages live their everyday lives and to see first-hand the importance of the work Village Water and all of the volunteers do.”

Anyone wanting to support Village Water can donate to Sarah’s Village Water JustGiving page, by visiting donations will be greatly appreciated.

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