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"Water is life's matter and
matrix, mother and medium.There is no life without water."

At CPAR we deliver water solutions using the resources that make sense in the communities we serve

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Ongoing . . . 

Primary school rainwater harvesting tanks serve thousands

Bringing fresh water during dry seasons to support hygiene and nutrition


In 2018, approximately 58% of the Malawian population did not use basic sanitation and 32% of the population did not have access to safe water sources. In a country where 26% of the population is school-aged children, it was important to make water available for sanitation and hygiene.


Since its start in 2019, the Green Schools Network has now built 13 rainwater harvesting tanks able to store 30,000 litres of clean water each. The more than 12,000 students in GSN member schools now have access to safe water, handwashing stations and water to sustain their school gardens - where the students grow produce for consumption by the children and their communities.

Four of the schools in the network also have new latrines which help not only in the reduction of open defecation, but provide facilities for girls in particular.


CPAR is embarking on the next phase of the Green Schools Network and will be adding two new schools in 2023/24.



Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the Primary
Schools in the Karatu District of Tanzania

With COVID-19 came an increased focus on sanitation. Schools in Karatu sought assistance from CPAR


Almost 10,000 primary school students in the Karatu District of Tanzania received an important education in the life-saving effects of handwashing and sanitation with a rapidly executied project in 15 schools as COVID-19 spread in Africa.


The 15 schools did not have handwashing stations and were not equipped to clean the classrooms at the end of the school day. CPAR showed teachers and students how to build 'tippy taps' (low cost, simple handwashing stations) with locally available materials, and providing each school with soap, sanitizer and cleaning agents. Masks were also distributed to students whose families could not afford them.

Over 115 handwashing stations were built overall, averaging eight per school. These will be placed near the school entrances and the latrines, and students were encouraged to use them by teachers and school staff.


CPAR's efforts to move quickly to combat COVID-19 in Africa.

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Reducing illness and inspiring community action for WASH

A community-wide effort to achieve ODF (open defecation free) status requires outreach, support and education at all levels


In communities without the facilities and the resources, open defecation endangers health through water-borne disease. CPAR's work in the Traditional Authority of Khongoni tackled the problem on many levels.


Starting with community level engagement, the focus was on education - including innovative drama presentations on sanitation and hygiene to reach a wider audience and encourage behaviour change.


The project also trained local masons in improved latrine construction and helped them promote their services and connect to communities and households to build latrines with purchases of bulk materials to reduce costs.


Other work included partnering with health clinics to review and develop WASH action plans to implement improvements related to cleanliness and infection control.


Khongoni achieves ODF status.

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