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Blantyre District, Malawi
Partner: Action for Environmental Sustainability
Total Investment: $18,891 since 2015
Program Areas: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Kumponda Community in southern Malawi is home to nearly 29,000 residents, one of the most highly populated areas in Blantyre District. The community has 18 sub-villages, with an average population of 1600 people. 

3 of every 5 girls from are either late or absent from school classes due the responsibility in searching for drinking water.
~ Headmaster Ntenjela Primary School

Communities in this area lack clean water facilities and adequate information, which has led to outbreaks of cholera, diarrhea and other water-borne diseases. Only 1 out of every 10 adults in the community is trained in safe drinking water management and sanitation and hygiene. 

In a recent study by our partner, Action for Environmental Sustainability (AFES), 15 of the 18 communities were without local mechanics to repair wells and lacked formal structures to oversee the management of these water sources. With support from Vibrant Village, AFES will repair four wells, train 18 local mechanics and establish an oversight committee to ensure the functioning of these water systems over the long term. AFES will also provide training to villages on safe water handling, sanitation and hygiene. 

Achievements and Activities
  • Create a WATSAN committee to promote the project and collect water use fees (50% of the committee are women)
  • Train 18 local mechanics on maintaining and repairing deep well water pumps
  • Renovate and maintain 4 deep well water pumps 
  • Distribute 200 household drinking water filter bottles to the most vulnerable families