Africa is the largest and most culturally diverse continent on earth with 53 nation states, nearly 1 billion people and over 3,000 languages and dialects. Yet when we think about “Africa” the images that most commonly come to mind are of starving, swollen-bellied children, gun-toting guerrillas and grinding hopeless poverty. Much of the poverty, war and disease we associate with this great continent happen as a result of the lack of clean, safe water.

Lack of access to fresh water, poor or little environmental legislation, poor sanitation coverage, global warming and severe drought have all created a situation where the majority of Africans struggle just to survive. 27 of the 30 poorest nations in the world are in Africa and the lack of access to water is costing the continent approximately £20 billion a year – more than the total aid and debt relief that flows into the region each year. Investment in water and sanitation provision could both directly and indirectly help to resolve many of the issues suffered in Africa, saving millions of lives.

Since we were set up, Just a Drop has completed projects in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At present, we are focussing on strengthening our partnerships in Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.