Due to Malawi’s dependence on agriculture, the water crisis remains significant for rural communities who are heavily dependent on crops and cattle for income. Frequent droughts and inconsistent weather patterns only exacerbate water scarcity across the country. Over 4 million Malawians lack adequate access to safe water; despite significant development by the Government to tackle the widespread issue, much remains to be done to combat water and sanitation-related illnesses across the country.
Across Malawi, women and children are forced to make long journeys on foot every day to collect water for their families and livelihoods – taking time out of economic productivity and accessing education. The installation of clean water projects in Chipukensi will not only improve health, but enable rural communities to drive development, and help alleviate many of the water stresses experienced on a daily basis.
This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.