US body raises K1.7billion for Malawi water sanitation campaign

An American charitable organization, Water Charity, announced last week in New York it had raised US4 million (K1.7billion) towards water sanitation campaign for Malawi.

The fund would be used to provide clean water to some 60 000 citizens in about 250 Malawian villages, according to a report in the Huffington Post.

Charity Water Digital Director, Paull Young, made the announcement during a charity ball at Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, USA.

“The nonprofit, which supports clean water projects in some of the world’s poorest areas, raised more than $4 million in a single night of fundraising Monday at the eighth annual charity ball at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York,” reports the Huffington Post website.

A woman drawing water from an unprotected well in Manja Township in Blantyre due to water scarcity- Photo by Lucky Mkandawire

A woman drawing water from an unprotected well in Manja Township in Blantyre due to water scarcity- Photo by Lucky Mkandawire

“These clean water projects will serve more than 60,000 people in a nation where half the population lives below the poverty line,” it quotes Young.

However, the charity organization did not indicate how the money would be channelled to help people of Malawi access clean water and sanitation.

Malawi is blessed with abundant fresh water from the world’s third largest fresh water lake (Lake Malawi) and other rivers such as Shire but still 16 percent of its people lack access to clean water and also 47 percent lack access to sanitation.

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