World Vision Malawi has handed over Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in Ntcheu amid a prevailing Cholera outbreak aggravated by poor sanitation conditions emanating from people drawing water from unsafe sources.
With 14 toilet facilities at Galeta primary school to be used by learners and teachers, about 700 people in surrounding villages will also benefit from the water and sanitation project.
Currently, six are already operational in the district together with a water tank and a high yielding solar powered borehole with a 2 liters per second capacity.
In its 2021-2022 budget, World Vision supported over 260,000 people with sanitation services, an additional 93,000 accessing clean water through 113 new boreholes and 373 taps installed.
It has also handed over 250 toilets to schools and health centres which have improved the health and wellbeing of Malawians.
In the same year, the child centred organisation invested over US$30 million throug the drilling and mechanization of boreholes, installation of water taps and training communities to grow these resources for the future.
Isiah Odiambo Sei, Technical Programme Manager for WASH at World Vision disclosed that through the arrangement, 14 districts in 22 Area programmes are being covered with the main objective of achieving basic sanitation services for all by 2030.
He also cited the rehabilitation of non-functioning water systems and the promotion of sanitation facilities in schools and health facilities as some of the components under the project.
Additionally, the organization interacted with communities in enhancing sanitation coverage whilst equipping them with skills to construct their own latrines.
“We’ve seen an improvement in sanitation coverage in areas that we work but we’d wish to appeal for the other partners so that we join hands to be able to achieve universal WASH coverage in Malawi.
“Am happy to say that currently we are reviewing a sanitation policy which all the partners are participating but it is not yet finalized. Water Act is also being reviewed which will open up the platform for public private partnerships. We need more players in order to reduce the cases of inadequate access to WASH services in Malawi. So together we stand and we promote or we encourage partnerships”.
Speaking at the launch, Water and Sanitation Minister Abida Mia described the intervention as timely noting that without access to clean water, families and communities are locked in poverty for generations, with children dropping out of school as parents struggle to make a living.
“If you look at this area it is very remote and if you see the roads as well once it rains it means this road is impassable, so we appreciate them. We now have clean water and sanitation services for the communities; that is a huge plus so that definitely I’m sure we’ll not get cholera in this area.
“But cholera is also brought about by movement of people if you take for example Tukombo, there is a mine there that started and everybody is migrating to that area so that they can mine there; but they’re not moving with sanitation services or water.”
A beneficiary Margret M’mangeni secretary to Group village head Kalumbu in Traditional Authority Njolomole hailed the coming in of the water supply venture which will help in the attainment of hygiene practices in their homes.
“For sustainability of the project, we have mobilized ourselves to care and maintain for the infrastructure and making sure that it is secure and protected. We commend World vision for this initiative”