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When people have access to clean water, they can take their future into their own hands, live sustainably, and work their way out of poverty with dignity.
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Sand Dams Worldwide, formerly known as Excellent Development supports some of the world’s poorest people to transform their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands.

How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Sand Dams Worldwide. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Sand Dams Worldwide and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit sanddamsworldwide.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the Sand Dams Worldwide social media pages, and help spread the word.
How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Sand Dams Worldwide. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Sand Dams Worldwide and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit sanddamsworldwide.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the Sand Dams Worldwide social media pages, and help spread the word.
How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Sand Dams Worldwide. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to Sand Dams Worldwide and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit sanddamsworldwide.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the Sand Dams Worldwide social media pages, and help spread the word.
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What is a sand dam?

Sand Dams Worldwide work with local in-country partners to help vulnerable rural dryland communities to build sand dams; a sustainable and cost-effective rainwater harvesting technology that can capture up to 40 million litres of water, replenishing every rainy season. That water is stored safe from disease and evaporation within the sand. It’s easily extractable via pipework connected to hand-pumps and taps, with one sand dam providing enough year-round water for over 1,000 people. 

A long term solution

Sand dams play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change, including reversing land degradation. They raise groundwater levels through slowing down the rate of run-off and capturing rainwater that would otherwise be lost as run-off, while allowing most water to continue downstream. The slowing down of water runoff allows water to infiltrate the soil, resulting in vegetation recovery, reduced erosion and regenerated degraded environments.

Lives transformed forever

While Sand Dams Worldwide’s work often starts with a sand dam, it’s certainly not where it ends. Once water and time are available, a wealth of opportunities arise. The charity also works through partners to advise communities on improved climate-smart agriculture techniques, such as terracing, developing seed banks and the planting of drought-resistant crops and trees; empowering families to grow enough food to eat, store and sell in the face of climate change and drought.

Since 2002, Sand Dams Worldwide have enabled the construction of over 1,000 sand dams across 10 countries, providing over 1 million people with lifelong access to clean water.

They have also supported communities to dig over 1.8 million metres of terracing and plant over 1.1 million trees.

Program Locations

Sand Dams Worldwide currently has programmes in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and two in Kenya (one in the southeast working with self-help community groups, and another in Tsavo National Park focusing on supporting local wildlife).

More information can be found on their website, here.

Get in touch

Location

Sand Dams Worldwide Ltd,  7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR

Charity and Company

Registered charity number 1094478. 

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