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

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A second sand dam for a lifetime of benefits

Last year we visited Twone Mbee Wasya wa Mavalani self-help group in Kenya just as they began building their second sand dam. Here group members Agnes and John explain what life was like before they had access to clean water.

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Author: Dwain Lucktung

Conserving the environment and building climate resilience in Zimbabwe

Meet Mody, an elderly farmer from Zimbabwe who is helping to re-green her farm and local environment thanks to training and support from our partners in the region.

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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.

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Author: Dwain Lucktung

Our Impact

1,174

Number of sand dams

Over 1m

People with access to clean water for life

Over 1m

Trees planted

£13

Per person to provide clean water for life

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Please donate what you can to transform lives with sand dams and clean water.

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Target amount: £2,147,483,647.00

Amount raised: £35,402.77

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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