What we do..

Building School Toilet Blocks

2,000 children die each day in Africa because of a lack of clean water and access to basic sanitation. So we build toilets to reduce those deaths and educate children, teachers and the community about issues of hygiene and sanitation. This is part of our Clean Hands Saves Lives project which also includes rainwater harvesting.

The Problem

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhoea, dysentery and other illnesses.

How can Building School Toilet Blocks help?

The local team assess and if needed we provide toilet facilities via a three-unit school block. These toilet blocks support sanitation as their self-composting design ensures flies entering the toilet are trapped inside the pit latrine. Their larvae develop into maggots which eat away the faeces.

From our pilot project we have found these toilet facilities should also include dressing rooms solely for girls. When reaching puberty many girls would leave school, simply because they did not have any private facilities to use when they were on their period.

Educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. We support girls so that they not only graduate but also develop the skills they need to negotiate key life decisions.

Finishing secondary school leads to smaller, healthier families, lower HIV infection rates, and higher wages. Educated women are more likely to educate their own children – ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.


Over 100 different villages

The Impact

  1.  88% of children now wash their hands after going to the toilet and before they prepare food.
  2. Only 5% of children living in villages without our support had access to a place to wash
    their hands and toilets compared with 93% of villages Village by Villages runs projects in.
  3. 77% of children now know knew hand washing spreads sickness to other people.
  4. 85% of children share their knowledge of safe sanitation practices with their families.

Be part of lasting, sustainable change for children in rural Africa

Volunteer Overseas

Volunteering will probably be one of the most worthwhile things that you ever do.

We take around 50 volunteers a year out to Africa. Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Bricklayers, Mechanics, and students, all pay their own costs and raise money for the projects they work on.

We have opportunities to work on a wide range of projects that save lives and create transformational change.

Without volunteers, many projects would not exist. Discover our volunteer opportunities.

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Every day, millions of children around the world face injustice and violence. Too many families are suffering needlessly.

But there is hope... Village by Village is a community-led organisation that works with children on effective, long-term solutions to fight poverty and injustice.

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Since 2006 we have helped over 30,000 people living in poverty

Projects We've built

Schools, preschools & libraries

Wells, rain water harvesting projects, and boreholes

Health clinics

Toilet projects with hand washing programmes

Projects we've run 

Scholarships for children to educate their way out of poverty

Teach2Teach sessions

Villages reached

Girl empowerment projects

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