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Your donations in Zimbabwe: Helping schoolchildren to access clean water

28 August 2019
Africa - Zimbabwe - Water and sanitation in Zimbabwe (MF4)

On 21 March 2019, the new block of toilets at Kwaedza Primary School in Zimbabwe was officially opened. They were the first flushable toilets to be built in the district. Photo credit: Tendai Muchada

With the new term fast approaching, schoolchildren are excitedly preparing for their first day in a new school or dusting off their uniforms for the new school year, eager to see their friends after the summer break.

This back to school experience is shared by children around the world, from the UK to Zimbabwe. The difference is that many children around the world do not have access to basic needs.

Clean water and toilet facilities are things that we are fortunate to have. They are important to allow children to learn and thrive in school. 

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Bringing clean water to communities

Thanks to your donations, we are helping to improve the lives of 334,000 people including school children – in countries such as DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe – by bringing clean water to their communities.

For years, villagers had been forced to walk more than six miles to find their nearest source of clean drinking water each day – and for many years the primary school relied on a basic squat toilet that served the whole school community, including the teachers. Outbreaks of potentially deadly waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid have affected local communities.

Classroom resources

You can explore this topic in the classroom with our water resources for primary and secondary schools.

In 2016, your Lent donations were matched by the UK government through UK Aid Match, which enabled us to provide clean water and toilet facilities to many rural hard-to-reach communities – including Kwaedza Primary School in Zimbabwe.

These new facilities have changed the lives of the children in the community.

CAFOD's commitment to the poorest people

We firmly believe that no community should be beyond reach, no matter how remote. Part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is a global call for a quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

My dear young people, a better world can be built as a result of your efforts, your desire to change, and your generosity

Pope Francis

Integral to our work at CAFOD is our contribution to learning about the world we live in. We want to support schools to explore how we all play our part as a global family and how much of a difference young people can make to overcome poverty and injustice.