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



Driving local business with sand dam water

The value of a sand dam project extends beyond its contribution to farming for personal use. The experience of Mathemu self-help group shows how a sand dam project can help to create business opportunities for enterprising locals in southeast Kenya.


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.


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 1.1m

People with access to clean water for life

Over 1.2m

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: £126,370.27


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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