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Excellent Development is a not for profit organisation that supports rural, dryland communities to work their way out of poverty with dignity. We work with local partners to support communities to build sand dams - the most cost-effective method of catching and storing rainwater in drylands. Sand dams provide safe water for life and the opportunity to grow enough food to eat, store and sell. Sand dams empower communities, putting their future firmly in their own hands.
The need for safe water in drylands
Over 40% of the earth’s surface consists of drylands (hyper-arid, arid,semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas with concentrated periods of seasonal rainfall). These drylands which cover large areas of Africa and Asia are home to around 2.3 billion people, mostly living in rural poverty trying to eke out a living in a tough climate, typically spending up to 11 hours a day fetching water.
Sand dam success (so far) and Excellent’s vision
As of 2016, Excellent had enabled the build of over 900 sand dams in 8 countries (including Kenya, India, Mozambique and Zimbabwe), providing over 908,000 people with access to safe water, and it is Excellent’s vision to enable 1 million sand dams to be built for 500 million people by 2040 (supporting the world’s poorest people to transform their own lives through sand dams, soil and water conservation).