Malawi JBFI partners with UK Rotary Club, rolls out ‘mobile’ water barrels

The Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) on Friday, July 10, 2015, launched the ‘Rotary Roll Out Water Barrels Programme’ at a colourful ceremony held at JBFI’s Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans at Domasi in Zomba.

MP Kachale and Akridge pose for a photo with some students after the ceremony

MP Kachale and Akridge pose for a photo with some students after the ceremony

One of the beneficiaries demonstrates how the water barrels work

One of the beneficiaries demonstrates how the water barrels work

A beneficiary rolls his water barrel filled with water.

A beneficiary rolls his water barrel filled with water.

JBF Malawi MD Flora Kaluwire welcomes Edith AKridge at Msigalira for the function

JBF Malawi MD Flora Kaluwire welcomes Edith AKridge at Msigalira for the function

MP Roy Akajuwe Kachale Banda and JBFI MD Edith Akridge at the function

MP Roy Akajuwe Kachale Banda and JBFI MD Edith Akridge at the function

MP Kachale and Akridge donating the water barrels

MP Kachale and Akridge donating the water barrels

The beneficiaries display their water barrels

The beneficiaries display their water barrels

During the launching ceremony, five students at Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans received an Auqaroll water barrel each as a pilot initiative. They are Blessings Chaphuka, Ellena William, Ulemu Kungwaya, Linda Makuwira and Estern Chagona.

Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans belongs to The Joyce Banda Foundation.  Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans offers free education to boys and girls from child headed households.

According to JBFI Malawi acting managing director, Flora Kaluwire, the programme is aimed at ensuring that fetching water is easier for children and women because they will not have to carry pails of water on their heads anymore.

“Women and children who fetch water especially in rural set-ups will no longer have to use their heads when fetching water as we are committed to providing them with a simple push or pull 30-litre capacity roll-along water barrel with a handle.

“So, apart from the obvious advantage of not having to carry pails of water on the head, using the water barrels shall be a lot quicker and easier; less strenuous and dangerous. It will also increase the amount of water that can be fetched each time,” she said, adding the water barrels take 10 more litres than the ordinary pail.

According to Kaluwire, the water barrels roll across the ground eliminating the need to carry heavy water barrels. She noted that carrying heavy pails of water on the head can damage children’s physique; causes stunting growth and skeletal irregularities.

“They are made from heavy duty plastic; they have high quality tyres on deep rims for excellent ground clearance; and they come complete with fill-up tube and easy removable handle with rust proof ball joints,” she told journalists during the launch.

According to Kaluwire, the Rotary Club of UK have partnered with JBFI to distribute water barrels to needy communities in Malawi and other countries in Africa. She said after the introduction of the water barrels concept, JBFI will periodically review the benefits accruing to the first beneficiaries and that should the water barrels indeed prove vital and useful, the programme will be rolled out across the country “in due course”.

Other high-profile officials present during the event included the US-based JBFI Managing Director, Edith Akridge, Member of Parliament (MP) for the area (Zomba Malosa), Roy Akajuwe Kachale, Group Village Headman Mtogolo and Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans Head Teacher Friday Manda and teachers.

In his remarks, Akajuwe Kachale thanked JBFI founder and former President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda for engaging “friends abroad” to assist needy Malawians.

“We implore upon you JBFI officials present here to identify other areas that you can come in and assist the communities here. Our roads are bad; we do not have potable water; the bridges are dilapidated; and people are hungry. Please help us,” said the legislator.

In 1997, Dr. Banda received the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger. She used the Prize Money to establish the Joyce Banda Foundation (JBFI), which runs three schools in Malawi; 30 orphan centres; Youth Movement for Development; and Market Women’s Initiative.

JBFI focuses on providing Free Secondary School for Orphans, Early Childhood Development and Orphan Care, Youth Development, Food and Income Security, Safe Motherhood, Water and Sanitation, Women’s Leadership and Economic Development for Women.

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Anthu mumkaseka amai kugawa ngombe ndi mbuzi. Lero mmidzimu mbizi ngome zubelekana mkumapeleka mkaka. Iwo a makaka a chimamga ,chimangacho kulibe angodya wokha phwando. Keep it up JB F

Raphael mvalathupi
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mzilibwino mupitilize mama

Thenifolo
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abambo ena ake andebvu zawo akaona chonchi basi kumangokodzedwa okha, kubwebweta JB. Mmawa tingomva atuma kansilikali kawo ali yankhulani kuti JB anapha auje, linalo ali nenani kuti kuli zithunzi za ma camera, kupita kunja kuphwando kumene kukanika kudya mtima pha pha pha chifukwa cha nzimayi okuti ali phee iye kwake ndikungoganizala anthu obvutika basi. Mulekeni mzimayiyu simungamulande chimene Mulungu anaikiza mwaiyeyu.

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Great idea

Thyolo Thava
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Booooma ilooooooooo!!!!!!!!

Change
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The are the most trusted children of JB and they misled her Bin Time. Running a government is a serious business and not family matters.

Jimuni
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Iwe Roy, wavala chani kodi? I dont think muslim clerics will like that when you aont one of them

enock ngoma
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aaah!! icant trust her anymore,why is she afraid of coming back home..akudziwapo kanthu za cashgate ameneyu.

Concerned Citizen
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Gooood job mama. This is development. Lucky are those living in flat areas, they will use the barrels. Very many poeple will enjoy. Pliz, mama, continue searching for other better methods.
Muliyenda mwanu muphindulira aMalawi.
Amene sakuzifuna azisiye. Koma ine munditumizire 10 on sale order more for sale in shops. Nzabwino zinthu izi.

Marion
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Anthu like JB atakhalapo ambiri bwezi dzikoli litatukuka.

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