Sand dams empower dryland communities to transform their own lives and land.

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



“The project has brought life to the community”

Sand dam projects can play a key role in alleviating water shortages in rural communities, but they can also do so much more. Speaking with a member of the Gurdo community in Ethiopia, we hear about how achieving a reliable water source is helping people to thrive and develop their livelihoods without the burdens of water scarcity.


Author: Dwain Lucktung

Creating life-changing opportunities

Without a reliable source of clean water, people living in dryland communities often find themselves lacking the opportunities they want in life. Speaking with two members of the Uvilani Central self-help group, we learn how a sand dam project has opened up new possibilities for locals in southeast Kenya.


Author: Dwain Lucktung

1,000 sand dams! An amazing milestone

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


Author: Dwain Lucktung

Our Impact


Number of sand dams

Over 1.2m

People with access to clean water for life

Over 1.4m

Trees planted


Per person to provide clean water for life


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



Target amount: £2,147,483,647.00

Amount raised: £143,935.04


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Our Strategy

  • 1 million sand dams for 0.5 billion people by 2050

    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