Access to safe drinking water and toilets in Zimbabwe

By Towards a Better World on behalf of Caritas Australia

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Hi, my name is Matt Napier.  In June/July I will walk 1,860km from the southern border of Namibia, through the desert, along the infamous Skeleton Coast, all the way to the northern border with Angola. 

Why?  I believe that everyone deserves an equal chance at life and it's my mission to raise as much money as I can for projects aimed at helping communities affected by extreme poverty to become more self-reliant and overcome the devastating cycle of poverty.  This is the latest of my amazing Walk to a Better World journeys and I hope that by putting my body on the line I will inspire others to make real long-lasting change to poor communities.

My goal is to raise at least $30,000 and fund two projects (this one and Bringing Permaculture to Schools in Malawi) - sounds ambitious but then again so is walking across the Namib Desert!! 

But I can’t do this alone, testing my mind and body to the limit is not enough, I need your help to make the journey a success.

How can you improve the lives of 10,000 people?

For this project, my aim is to raise at least $15,000 towards providing access to safe drinking water and installing toilets as part of Caritas Australia’s Integrated Community Development Program in Zimbabwe.  This is a three year program to assist the poorest and most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe by:

  • improving access to clean water and sanitation,
  • increasing household income through the Internal Saving and Lending Scheme (ISAL) which is like a cooperative whereby people save money together and are able to start a small business to earn some form of income; and
  • better food security outcomes through 3 nutritional gardens through provision of seeds and training in conservation farming).

When completed, this program will improve the lives of 3,818 people directly and another 6,186 people indirectly.

I have set my target at $15,000 in order to fund key aspects of the water and sanitation component of the program which will improve access to clean water and sanitation in 3 villages.  Already in the first year of the program there has been a reduction of waterborne diseases from 30% to 20% and a reduction of open defecation from 70% to 30% through the construction of boreholes and latrines in these villages.  

With your help I believe we can further reduce disease and death from entirely preventable water and sanitation causes and end the cycle of poverty.

All funds raised will go directly to Caritas Australia, as I am covering all the cost relating to the walk myself. So rest assured, every dollar you donate will have an amazing impact on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

Every little bit helps and every donation from $5 to $500 will make a real difference so please join me in creating a better world for those less fortunate.

Thankyou :)



The villages that will benefit from this project are in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of Zimbabwe with up to 90% of the population living on less than one dollar a day and many households not being able to generate enough income to provide for their basic needs.  Government mis-management and drought are two of the biggest causes of the ongoing poverty in Zimbabwe but through projects such as this villages can be given access to the tools and resources to create a more resilient and self-reliant community.


If you'd like more information on the specifics of this program please contact me at and I'll be more than happy to discuss it with you in greater detail.


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