Water

Importance

Access to clean drinking water is the single change that can impact a community the most, decreasing infection, disease and mortality rates. Access to clean water has been quoted to do more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery in history. Our water, sanitation and hygiene programme aims to prolong life and stop easily preventable disease. Access to clean water and sanitation should be a universal right for all humans in our modern age.

“In developing countries four-fifths of all the illnesses are caused by water-borne diseases. Simply treatable diarrhoea is the biggest cause of childhood death in Malawi. (World Health Organisation)”

We have installed three BORE holes:  two into the MKUNKHU community and one at Tilinanu Orphange

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” - W.H.Auden

The Challenge

In Malawi, 1.7 million people have no access to safe water and 10 million don’t have adequate sanitation. More than 1,700 children die every year from preventable diarrhoeal deaths caused by poor water and sanitation. In rural areas only 20% of people have access to a toilet.

Many children were not attending school in the village because they were having to walk long distances to fetch and carry water for their famillies. The soil around the school was also poor quality due to lack of water, deforestation and overfarming. It is difficult to have a high yield of crops when the land and seeds cannot be irrigated effectively. The community's income in maize is at the mercy of the weather and climate change.

 

How we work

We aim to give access to the basic human right of clean water though bore holes in the village. We have fundraised to create two bore holes; one for clean drinking water and one for drip irrigation to grow crops. We also provide training in water harvesting for effective crop development. ​Malawi is​ a count​r​y that only has ​a six month​​ g​rowing season due to drought and poor rains​, but by providing the land with sufficient ​water it would have a 12 month growing season which would help to prevent famine. 

 

Looking Towards The Future

We are working with the Garden to Mouth project to install a drip irrigation system for crops around the school thus using 85% less water. We will train the community how to us​e water ​more efficiently ​and harvest the rain more effectively. ​We will encourage the smallholder​ farmers​ to copy the techniques at the school so that they can see an increase in their crop yield.  

 

Impact

  • Every £1 invested in clean water is reported to lead to £8 in benefits (World Health Organisation)
  • Reduces infections from water borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, giardiasis, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma
  • Reduces mortality rates which has a knock on effect of reduction in population growth
  • Saves people walking miles per day carrying water, increases crop yields and in turn food security
  • Reduces malaria, dengue and diseases transmitted by insect bites

 

Opportunities

  • £50 provides watering cans for farm workers to water
  • £100 provides basic gravity irrigation equipment for farmland
  • £500 provides a water pump and drip irrigation system for a hectare of land
  • £1,000 builds compost toilets at Mkunkhu School

How you can get involved

We believe in partnerships and the power of connection. By working together and through creating opportunities which benefit individuals, organisations communities and influence global trends and policies we succeed in empowering communities in poverty.

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