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Chikwawa villagers hail Water for People for quality water supply

Written by  Chilungamo Missi

Blantyre, May 22, 2018: Villagers in Chikwawa District have hailed Water for People for its support in providing quality and portable water in their hard to reach areas.

The communities made the remarks recently when Water for People donors from the United States of America (USA), toured the District to appreciate how their initiatives are being implemented on the ground.

Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Secretary for the committee that looks after a borehole drilled under the project, at Chiromo 1 village, Rhoda Alfred, expressed appreciation saying the borehole which carters for 30 households in their village has eased the challenges they were facing in the past.

Said Alfred: “Previously we were walking long distances to fetch water and our families were not going on well because when a woman takes a long time to come back from a water point, husbands were jealousy thinking that their wives were cheating them.

“Additionally, we were also likely falling victims of Cholera and diarrhea but this time around everything has changed because we have safe water”.

Joseph Jim, a Health Surveillance Assistant under Makhwira Health Centre quipped in to say that previously people were drinking from the same well with livestock which was a threat to their health.
Added Jim: “This exposed them to several water-borne ailments but the situation has changed now, thanks to the borehole and rehabilitated taps.”

Water for people  Malawi Country Director, Kate Harawa, said the organisation has  managed to drill 600 boreholes and  rehabilitated 87 taps under the east bank gravity fed scheme in the district since they started in 2007.

Chikwawa is one of the districts they are working in partnership with government to make sure that every household get access to safe water.

“We have so far drilled almost 600 boreholes here in Chikwawa since we started in 2007 and we have rehabilitated 87 taps under the east bank gravity fed scheme”, she said.

Harawa further said that the development has transformed lives of the villagers as apart from getting safe water for household chores, villagers are also using the water for agriculture which is ideal in their village life nutrition wise and economically.

Representing the donors, Frank Desantis Jr, pledged their continual support to the organisation as they are very impressed with the work being done by Water for People in Chikwawa.

Water for people has been working in Malawi since 2000 and in 2006 they changed their strategy from working on small projects in widespread areas to concentrating efforts in two districts of peri-urban Blantyre and rural district of Chikwawa.


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