byDanielle Ross via web
Thanks to your generous donation, an Elephant Pump has been installed in Kwaloza village in the rural district of Mchinji, Malawi and now provides clean water for 82 people. Before the pump was installed the people of Kwaloza village had to drink from the open, unprotected well shown above, where the water was vulnerable to contamination.
Pump Aid aims to achieve positive, sustainable and impactful change in the availability, quality and use of water by rural communities in Malawi. The Elephant Pump that Pump Aid has installed in Kwaloza Village is a simple design that is easy and affordable for the community to maintain and repair. To ensure sustainability our team of pump builders and trainers work closely with the community to identify a suitable location, build the pump, and train community members in how to maintain the pump and improve their sanitary conditions. As a result of this approach, the Elephant Pump is much less likely to fall into disrepair than any of the other pump designs common in Malawi. Pump Aid carry out an ongoing monitoring programme to ensure that the water quality is good, and if there is a problem that the community cannot fix themselves, Pump Aid will help them to get it up and running again.
The provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation conditions can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by nearly 90%. Communities where Pump Aid has installed an Elephant Pump report that outbreaks of such sickness have reduced from ‘very frequent’ to ‘rare’. Access to clean water means people spend less time sick and have more time to engage in productive activities such as growing food and finishing their education. It enables the community to pull themselves out of poverty.
The Elephant Pump you have funded has given the community the freedom to enjoy a happy and healthy future. Thank you.