~ Noriah Deus
The Mchinji District in central Malawi is made up primarily of households of smallholder farmers with plots of land for growing both cash and subsistence crops. In recent years, the district has experienced shorter rainy seasons and suffered several extreme climate events, which have worsened the poverty in this area. Almost half of the communities in Mchinji District lack safe water and more than half lack access to improved sanitation.
Vibrant Village Foundation is partnering with Pump Aid to build rope and washer pumps to provide access to safe water in 20 communities, which will impact approximately 2,400 people. The communities most in need are selected with guidance from local authorities, who also help determine the best site for each pump. Ideally, pumps are located away from where animals are kept, and in close proximity to households most in need.
Through this project, each village will form a Community Water Point Committee, comprised of men and women to oversee the maintenance of the project. Alongside the wells and pumps, Pump Aid works with the communities to improve sanitation and carry out hygiene education.
- Build 20 open wells and rope pumps to deliver safe water
- Establish 20 Community Water Point Committees, involving women in the decision-making groups
- Train area mechanics in water point operation and maintenance