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.

Watch how sand dams work

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands



Sand dams – freeing families from water and food scarcity

From walking for hours to collect dirty water, to having lifelong nearby access to clean water - that is the kind of transformational impact sand dams can provide.


Author: Dwain Lucktung

Life before and after a sand dam

After a sand dam project was completed in the Wiriamo community in Mozambique, our partner, the Christian Council of Mozambique, caught up with a local farmer to find out more about the project's impact on her life.


Author: Dwain Lucktung

1,000 sand dams! An Excellent milestone

Programmes Officer, Callum Sheehan, looks at various sand dam success stories as Excellent Development reaches the milestone of enabling 1,000 sand dams in drylands.


Author: Dwain Lucktung

Our Impact


Countries we've worked in


Terraces dug


Kenyan shillings made by self-help groups


Number of school water tanks


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Target amount: £2,147,483,647.00

Amount raised: £9,016.77


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Our Strategy

  • 1 million sand dams for 0.5 billion people by 2040

    Read about our plan to directly support other organisations to build sand dams, in turn, realising our vision to support millions of the world’s poorest people by helping them to transform their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands. Read more