Water challenges will now remain history for communities of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi, thanks to Benaa Association for Culture and Development, a Muslim Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that supports vulnerable people for drilling 2 boreholes in the area.
The organization also donated 50 bags of maize, each weighing 50 kilogrammes and clothes to the elderly and children – all valued over K5 million.
Speaking when commissioning the boreholes at Taliya Village in the area, the Organization’s Acting Executive Director, Chairosi Ali said the sinking of the boreholes and the donation of maize and
clothes define the commitment and the pivotal role the Association has to the people in the country.
“We have been hearing sad stories of myriad people dying of water-borne diseases with cholera topping the list as well as the critical food shortage. Many under-five children were the greatest
victims. Worse still, some parents were also forcing their girl-child to go to the river and draw water instead of encouraging them to go to school and this could compromise their education. Hence, compelled to do something,” said Ali.
He added: “The boreholes, apart from reducing water problems, they will transform their lives in the sense that they will have time to invest their wards in education, have enough time to concentrate on farming, reduces money they spend on medication among others.”
In his remarks, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe applauded the Association for coming to their rescue at a time when the district is facing critical food shortage and also at a time when his communities were crying foul due to lack of portable water.
“Two years ago, this area, where the boreholes have been sunk, we experienced an outbreak of cholera that attacked over 60 people. It’s sad that 7 of them died. Therefore, to hear that this organization has come and inaugurated two boreholes, it’s a good tale to tell,” jubilated the Chief.
He asked the people to take care of the boreholes in on order to serve the intended purpose.
The organization constructed the boreholes and made donations with financial support from Saudi Arabia.