Malawi has a population of 17.2 million people – 71% of which are living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day. Only 40% of the population have access to basic sanitation services.
A typical day for Enelesi meant waking up at 4am to fetch water from a nearby community.
This all changed when Enelesi’s village received access to water services last year. Not only is she now benefitting from the new water system minutes from her house, but she’s a part of making sure it’s maintained sustainably as the village water committee president.
“To know I have water is the greatest thing that has happened in my life.”
We work in rural areas where the majority of the community members are subsistence farmers – working to grow sufficient crops to feed themselves and their families.
With our partners, we are drilling new community water points and building or repairing gravity fed water systems to serve larger areas through a network of local tap stands.
With an estimated 30-40% of community water pumps broken at any one time, we are improving sustainability by repairing broken pumps and training community members to manage, maintain and repair their own water points in the future.
In 2017 we began delivering school workshops and after school clubs on pump maintenance to educate a new generation and give them the skills to keep water flowing in their communities.
Working with partners on the ground in a district wide coordinated approach, we’re helping to build the early foundations for a sustainable water service in Blantyre and Chikwawa