The Dutch based Non Governmental Organization(NGO), Pro Mundo has handed over K4 million water project to the people of Traditional Authority Kabudula in Lilongwe.
Speaking during the function, Pro Mundo Executive Director, Els De Wit said her organization with assistance from Holland friends decided to support people of GVH Bisa of Kabudula after noting that the residents were walking long distances to fetch water.
Ms Wit promised to extend the project to benefit more other villages after noting that the first phase of the project has been successfully completed.
De Wit commended students at St Joseph school and Dok 12 schools for the donations.
“These students were carrying water on their back symbolising how people from Malawi are doing so these children did a good job in raising money for the project,” said Ms Wits.
Speaking during the same ceremony, Group Village Headman Bisa commended Dutch NGO for the water project.
GVH Bisa asked his people to take care of the facilities.
“This is the first time for people of this area to access running piped water so am asking you the residents to take care of the facility,” said GVH Bisa.
During the same function, Ms Wit also handed over oil production machine which has a capacity to crush one tonne of sunflower or groundnuts per day.
Pro Mundo which was founded in 2008 is also working with farmers on rearing of ducks as well as production of manure.
The project is a collaboration of Richard Jack Mdyetseni of Malawi and Els De Wit of Holland. The piped water project will benefit over 200 households. Other planned initiatives include bee keeping and nursery schools.
According to the 2006 report, access to safe water is at 74 per cent while the same report
says access to improved sanitation is at 47 per cent.
The same report says access to basic sanitation which includes traditional latrines is as high as 88 per cent.
The report further says good hygiene practices are rather low with only 37 per cent of the population practising better hygiene.
“To achieve the MDG goals for water and sanitation, about 210,000 and 360,000 people need to be served on an annual basis at a cost of US$8.28 million per year. Effective provision of safe water is compromised by frequent breakdowns of water points. One-third of community water points are not operational at any point in time due to these frequent breakdowns,” reads the report in part.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :