"Life in school has become more enjoyable"

When water supplies are low, drastic measures are often turned to in efforts to collect it. The construction of a water tank in Utini Girls Secondary School in southeast Kenya has helped to lift this burden, according to testimony from members of the school community. Read more

Enabling greater success

Having access to water on-site provides schools with the opportunity to grow and to try new things. In this story we see what new endeavours a water tank has enabled at Ngomeni Primary School, Kenya. Read more

Washing away water scarcity

Clean water is essential to improve sanitation levels in water-deprived areas. Looking at the case of Muunguu Secondary School, we see the positive effects a water tank has had on health and well-being in their community. Read more

"We are now getting enough water for our needs"

A visit to a school in a remote area of south-eastern Kenya reveals how a rainwater harvesting tank represents a solution to a number of issues that might otherwise harm students' ability to succeed at school. Read more

Creating sustainable futures – leaving no one behind resources

Support communities like the Ilengeni self-help group in Kenya to build sand dams and transform their own lives with lifelong access to water that will ensure no one is left behind. Read more

More than just water

A lack of clean water can impact nearly all areas of school life. In Maongoa Primary School in Kenya, we see how school life can be transformed with access to clean water. Read more

September 2018 sand dam expedition with Barclays Isle of Man

Barclays Isle of Man volunteers and community members share highlights from the construction of a sand dam they worked together to build in southeast Kenya in September 2018. Read more

525,000 children die each year from drinking dirty water resources

Supporting people in drylands to build sand dams, which provide a local supply of water, means that less children die each year from curable diarrhoea and women no longer have to bare this burden. Can you help by making a donation that will stop the suffering of communities living in drylands? Read more

July 2018 sand dam expedition - hear from the volunteers and the community!

Hear from the Excellent Development volunteers and community members who worked together to build a sand dam in southeast Kenya in July 2018. Read more

School water tanks

Water tanks store rainwater collected from the roof of schools. A typical school water tank can collect up to 104,000 litres of water, and they refill every rainy season. Each water tank can last over 25 years and require little maintenance. Each one provides water for generations of children. Read more

Southeast Kenya (Partner: Africa Sand Dam Foundation)

Excellent Development and ASDF have a strategic partnership based on shared values and philosophy. Together we have committed to community-led sustainable development and the global promotion of sand dam technology in drylands. Read more

Northern Kenya, Lekurruki (Partner: Lekurruki Conservation Trust)

Excellent Development and Lekurruki Conservation Trust have enabled the construction of several sand dams in the Northern Rangelands of northern Kenya, benefiting thousands of lives and many species of wildlife. Read more

What a difference a year makes

Excellent's Communications Manager, Dwain Lucktung, revisits Heka Heka Syomwambya self-help group in southeast Kenya to see what impact their sand dam project has had on community members. Read more

Mozambique (Partner: Christian Council of Mozambique)

In partnership with Excellent, the Christian Council of Mozambique is currently building multiple sand dams per year in Tete, providing water security to thousands with all the additional benefits that comes with having access to a constant supply of water. Read more

Barclays Isle of Man build a sand dam

Excellent's Chairman, David Jordan OBE, reviews another successful sand dam expedition, this time with Barclays Isle of Man volunteers who helped to raise £40,000 for a new sand dam in southeast Kenya. Read more

Zimbabwe (Partner: Dabane Trust)

Dabane Trust and Excellent are working together with rural communities in the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe to develop simple, appropriate and sustainable water abstraction and food production systems. Read more

"We feel we now have what was missing”

Through partnering with Africa Sand Dam Foundation and Excellent, Woni Witu self-help group's achievements include building four sand dams and three shallow wells, made possible through generous funding from the Isle of Man Government. Read more

where we have worked

Find out more about our work in India, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan and Chad. Read more

Excellent Development Powerpoint template

Doing a presentation at a school or workplace? Whatever the event, here is a template ready-made for you. Read more

"These are life-changing projects"

Katelembu Mazingira Initiative self-help group is made up of people from Kithatu village (in Makueni County, southeast Kenya), and they are the proud beneficiaries of our 1,000th sand dam (funded by the Isle of Man Government). Read more


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