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£5 a month could add up over a year to help a family feed themselves through drought-resistant seeds and a community seed bank
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£10 a month is enough to provide safe water for life for one person, every month
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£240 means a family living in rural drylands can receive the farming tools and training to flourish for life
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Passionate about
sand dams.

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, which provide clean water for life and the opportunity to grow more food to eat, store and sell. Sand dams empower communities, putting their future firmly in their own hands. We believe that they will transform millions of lives.  


Read our latest Annual Report

Facts & figures

853

Thousand people with clean water

147

Self-help groups supported

890

Sand dams enabled

1.6

Million metres of terraces dug

957

Thousand trees planted

60

School water tanks built

9

Rock catchments built

71

seed banks started

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See sand dams in action

Excellent Development are Sand Dam experts.

Since 2002 we have supported rural, dryland communities to build 3600 sand dams in Africa.

Sand dams transform lives. They provide a sustainable, clean, local source of water for rural communities, saving time and creating opportunities for farming, education and poverty alleviation. By breaking the cycle of dependence Sand Dams create choice; freeing people to realise their own potential.

A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built across a seasonal river. They can store up to 30 million litres of water in sand. By trapping water within sand, it is protected from contamination and disease.

Sand dams are the most cost-effective method of capturing rain water in drylands.

For information on sand dams, sand dam volunteering opportunities and sand dam fundraising ideas, look no further than Excellent Development. We want you to become a sand dam pioneer too. Together, we can pioneer sand dams in drylands worldwide and transform millions of lives.

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