Danielle Ross via web
Dear Pump Aid Supporters
Thanks to your kind support an Elephant Pump Water Project in Malawi has been successfully funded.
The project is in Chilowa village and has been finished in September 2012. Thanks to your help the project has been able to provide clean, safe and accessible water to a village of 144 people, including 79 children. The Elephant Pump’s simple technology means that it can be used safely and easily by anyone, which is especially beneficial to women and children who often have to travel long distances to collect water from wells which are often dangerous to use. The community also was educated on basic hygiene and they formed a Water Point Committee, which we trained in maintenance, to look after the pump in years to come.
Doris Pesu, 47, and Elida Muonanji, 36 both live in Chilowa village and had big problems with the open well they used to draw water from. Because it was quite shallow it would often dry out during the dry season which meant that they’d have to walk several kilometers to the closest pump. Because for the Elephant Pump the well has been deepened and lined, it is now much less likely to dry out. Also water-borne diseases were very common in Chilowa village because the well was open to contamination, particularly during the rainy season. The enclosed Elephant Pump now prevents contamination from outside sources and greatly reduces the frequency of diseases such as diarrhoea.
These are just examples of the many benefits that your support has helped to bring to the people of Chilowa village.
Thank you so much!