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Safe Water for Schools Zambia

We believe creating access to clean drinking water is one of the most powerful ways to improve the world. Not only can it save communities from infectious disease, malnutrition and health complications, but improved water supply and sanitation can also boost economic growth and help to reduce poverty.

Together with our guests, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy is working towards raising standards of living through access to clean drinking water for communities in Zambia.


The Safe Water for Schools Initiative uses the LifeStraw Community Filter to create clean water for communities. This sustainable, non-invasive, high-volume water purifier converts contaminated water into safe drinking water by removing a minimum of 99.9999% of bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites, preventing waterborne diseases common in Africa, such as diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera, worms and cryptosporidiosis.

Each filtration system can purify between 70,000 to 100,000 litres of water, is chemical free and does not require electrical power or batteries.


The Nakatindi Medical Clinic and Maternity Ward, the school, which has 1,150 students, the Chipego Bike Shop and Sishemo Bead Studio have all been given their LifeStraw Filters. These filters guarantee clean water for the community, transforming lives and reaping huge benefits for every individual. As part of our long-term commitment, the Safe Water for Schools Initiative conducts quarterly surveys via mobile phone to assess the benefits of the programme, ensures that the schools continue to practise complementary health and hygiene behaviours and confirms that the filters are working properly.