25 March 2014

Malawi: Goal Malawi Bails Out Nsanje Communities From Water Problems

Communities in the area of Village Headman Ganunga, Chief Ndamera in Nsanje have commended Goal Malawi for drilling and rehabilitating boreholes which has eased water problems people there have been facing for three years.

Speaking during a handover ceremony where the Non-Governmental Organization, rehabilitated their boreholes which have been non-functional for long time, Village Head Ganunga said women and children have been suffering, walking long distance to fetch portable water.

"After this borehole broke down, women and kids used to walk a 5 kilometre distance every morning all the way to Marka in search for clean water.

"What Goal Malawi has done today will never be forgotten, we can now breathe a sigh of relief as now have access to safe drinking water," he said.

Goal Malawi Acting Manager Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project responsible for the drilling and rehabilitation of boreholes in Nsanje, Humphrey Tukuwa said everyone has a responsibility to ensure that boreholes remain functional as lack of water bleeds hygiene related diseases.

"Clean water is fundamental for a health community, without it the community will be faced with many diseases such as Cholera and Diarrhea, these cause deaths and hinders development as sick people cannot actively participate in developmental activities.

"This is s why Goal is drilling and rehabilitating 33 boreholes in Nsanje to end the problems of water scarcity and help in village hygiene," Tukuwa said.

WASH is a two year project whose objective is to drill and rehabilitate boreholes in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts.

The DFID funded the project which is being implemented in conjunction with the Malawi Government targeting three Traditional Authorities, Ndamera, Makoko and Malemia.

So far 11 have been rehabilitated and 22 more are under way.

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