UK Aid funding for 3 year water and sanitation project in Burundi

from CORD
Published on 29 Nov 2012 View Original

Cord has recently secured over £500,000 funding from UK Aid for a three year programme to provide sustainable and improved access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation for 139,000 people in Burundi.

The country suffered widespread destruction because of conflict between 1993 and 2005. Today, the country's infrastructure is still poor and in the most remote areas only 3% of people have access to clean drinking water. (source: INEA, 2007) In other areas access is still only 50%.

Cord Chief Executive, Brian Wakley, said: “Where we work in Burundi one in four children die from diarrhoea, often caused by lack of clean water. The funding from UK Aid will literally save lives.”

The UK Aid funding will help protect 400 springs, construct 6 water gravity schemes and support communities and local water authorities to maintain water systems. 6,000 latrine slabs will also be provided and community-led hygiene education will be facilitated to improve health and sanitation.

But to raise the total needed for this programme we need additional funding.

Cord’s Fundraising Manager, Susan Barlow, said: “We often have to match funding that we receive from big donors, so we we’d like everyone to play their part by donating during the national Big Give campaign which can double donations made online for FREE! It’s a great opportunity for people to make their money go twice as far.”

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