Water for People Malawi meets target of safe water and sanitation in Chikwawa

Water for People Malawi  said it has met the targets which they committed themselves in the previous year to fulfil, especially in access to safe water and sanitation in Chikwawa district.

The revelation was made on Tuesday at Victoria Hotel in Blantyre during a Re-Imagine Reporting forum which brought participants from Malawi , Kenya and United States of America.

Kate Harawa: Water For Life

Kate Harawa: Water For Life

According to the Country Director for Water for People Malawi, Kate Harawa, they have achieved 90 per cent of their targets that they committed themselves in the previous year and that in some cases they have surpassed their tarrgets.

She cited Chikwawa district where they committed themselves to reach everyone in access to safe water and sanitation by 2018.

“We had planned to drill 60 water points but we have managed to drill 98  water points by 2014  which is above our goal,” she said.

Harawa also said the country is not doing badly in access to safe water and sanitation.

For example, she said Malawi nationwide data, shows that it is above 80 per cent in access to safe water and sanitation.

“The people that have remained to be reached are less than 20 per cent and if Non Governmental Organisations can jointly cooperate properly and see how we can reach those 20 per cent without access to safe water and sanitation then we will have Malawi with Universal safe water and sanitation,” said Harawa.

She however, was quick to point out that then it is not just putting boreholes on the ground but also making sure that sustainable systems are put in order to enable the community own their water systems and managing them properly.

The Regional Manager for Water for People Gordon Mumbo said the forum will provide an interactive space for funders, peer NGOs and other stakeholders to understand and critique the organisation’s progress and outcome while also allowing for analysis and review of initiatives for programmatic improvements in the organisation’s  target areas of Blantyre, Chikwawa and Rumphi.

He also said Re-imagine Reporting forum will involve visualizing financial data, partnership assessments, and yearly country program analyses in a way that makes the information meaningful and easy to understand.

The forum will also allow stakeholders to see the overall impact as well as the ability to drill down into regions, countries, and districts.

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Mr/Mrs mmihavani for your information the director is nee Namatumbo the Harawa surname is for the husband ask those who were at Poly 95/96


Good work but please change your employment tactics. How can the whole organisation have all its employees from tumbuka belt. This is not good. Please practice what you preach. For one to be employed one has to come from tumbuka belt and be praising at Living Waters Church.

Mtumbo Lende

Support the structures that make water supply systems sustainable. Even if you drill million holes and you don’t support the structures, in no time the interventions will be useless.

eye eye
The article is somehow misleading. I think it is about the target of the organisation not the the actual target of people that needs access to safe water. Drilling 98 instead of 64 water points does not mean that all people have access to safe water but it means that water for people surpassed its planned target…so we should be clear on this rather than create a false impression that all people in CK have access to safe water …no ways…..NOT NOW..try again Kate but keep it up..just go to Ntayamanja, Thendo, Nankumba, Therere, Linga…Mapelera.., Mthumba people still need access… Read more »
I would like to commend Water for People for considering Chikwawa district in your project. Chikwawa was a right target for your project, keep it up. That area really has shortage of sources of portable water. However, I agree with Eye Eye above. Water for People has met its target 98/60, not that all people of Chikwawa have access to portable water. The 80% figure of access to portable water is a national figure and there are other under served districts which are not at 80% like Chikwawa, Nsanje, etc. I come from Nsanje and when I travel from Nsanje… Read more »

mwanakazi wokongola uyu. taponya ka nambala kako tiku halle kikikikiki


80% in Chikwawa not the whole country.


Water in Chikhwawa is not safe. Imagine salt water that dent teeth. Kunamiza anthu bwanji.


Where is this data coming from? Access to safe water can not be 80% in Malawi. Its less than that. Do not combine access to safe water and access to sanitory facilities. Alot of boreholes but very few are functioning. Go and do mapping in the villages. Do not cheat the nation and donor community. What can be the interpretantion for that. Donors will soon leave us and support a different country. Lets give a true picture to the donor community and our country as well.

Lover boy

Ha ha, 80% access to sanitation, are you joking? No ways the people who shit in the open are only 20%, they are the majority. By they way, Harawa, are you married? I want to propose love to you.

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