A village with Clean Water

20th April 2016:

Eleven years ago we came to Malawi, saw the results of huge spending on inappropriate water technology and vowed to return with a better solution to the unbelievable state of rural water supplies.
After all it is not anything like rocket science.
Now over half a million poor people in villages have clean, safe drinking water.
The efforts of two old people, with a shoestring budget, but amazing help from other poor people all over the world, sometimes amazes even ourselves.

Clean water needs local solutions:
1. A simple APPROPRIATE pump that can be maintained by local 
2. A funded maintenance plan.
3. Assistance, advice, support, parts and help available locally.
4. A woman in a village with a mobile phone and our phone number, is all that is needed.
5. A commitment, by installers, that a pump is in operation all day every day after installation.
6. A guarantee to supply all that is necessary for this even to replacing the complete pump free of charge, which is easy because in eleven years it has never come to this

Most pumps we meet are unfit for purpose, sad but unfortunately true

These 240 people in Garamala village, have just got their new pump.
They dug the well, provided the bricks, sand and stone. They invested all the labour. We supplied the Pump, pipes and cement.
It is THEIR pump, the women own it , because its their job to locate, carry and provide water for their families. 

-1150343 S
33 48011 E

The well is 12.4 metres deep 

Donor: Bon Secours Sisters, Cork, Ireland

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