Zachary Lager, Access to Clean Water and Community Reforestation Project

Zachary Lager has spent more than 5 years living and volunteering in the greater community of Nguineia, in Mozambique, Africa. Using his passion and dedication to fostering meaningful community development, he has built a strong community network to combat environmental issues, leading to the recent creation of the Access to Clean Water and Community Reforestation Project.

Two of the biggest obstacles to rural development in Africa are a lack of access to clean drinking water and environmental degradation due to deforestation. Water borne diseases caused by unclean drinking water are one of the biggest health burdens in Africa, and the effects on rural and youth populations is particularly bad. In Nguineia, Mozambique, these effects are apparent on a daily basis and range from a young child’s premature death, to an adult man unable to work on his farm.

Zachary’s project ties the drilling of manual boreholes to access clean water, with community run tree nurseries. Recognizing that rural communities do not have the economic capital to pay for the boreholes, they will be able to pay for the boreholes using environmental capital.  In other words, at each borehole drilled, the surrounding families benefiting from the borehole will be responsible for maintaining a tree nursery with 500-1,000 tree seedlings (environmental capital) which they will use to pay for their well.  Using this innovative approach, rural Mozambicans will be able to pay for a basic human necessity; clean water, using tree seedlings, which will then be used to plant a community forest tackling a growing environmental problem.

To learn more about The Access to Clean Water and Community Reforestation Project, check out their Website and Facebook page.

Funding from the Pollination Project will be used for project costs such as supplies and materials.

GRANT AWARD DATE: December 9, 2014