Water pumps in Malawi
Donation: € 7.400
An on-going national water point mapping projects indicates that only 57% of the rural population in Malili, Malawi have access to safe, clean drinking water. As a result water-related diseases, including dysentery and typhoid are more common than should be. One Elephant Pump provides 250 people with 40 litres of clean water for each person every day. There'll be 12 of these pumps.
All materials are sourced locally and people from within the community receive training in how to build and maintain the pump. This enables them to carry out any repairs using easily accessible materials such as plant fibres. Communities are encouraged to plant crops near the Pump to take advantage of any overflow of water. The year round water source is key in ensuring successful crops, that can be used for income generating activities. The local community is involved in every step of the process of building an Elephant Pump. This ensures that they have a real sense of ownership of the pump and that they have the knowledge and ability to maintain the pump. They are then fully self-reliant.