mbelenga VILLAGE
shallow well protection project

Freshwater Project International funded the protection of a shallow, natural spring well in the village of Mbelenga in Blantyre rural. The village has a population of 2,138 (52% female and 48% male) and had only one water point servicing the entire population. This resulted in long lines of women and girls waiting to draw water from the borehole well. Instead of waiting for hours, these women often chose to draw water from nearby streams or from an unprotected well providing water contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and toxic chemicals – which worsened during the rainy season when runoff carries more impurities.

Most cholera and dysentery cases occur during the rainy season, and Winter of 2013 was no exception as many people became deathly ill from drinking contaminated water. We’re happy to report that Freshwater completed the protection of this shallow well to prevent contamination and provide a second water source for the village.

The project adopted an integrated WASH approach, in which water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental interventions were implemented in an integrated manner. Implementation partners included local leaders (T/As, GVHs and village headmen) and the community Water Point Committee (trained and responsible for the day-to-day care of the shallow well). Membership for this committee is 60% women and 40% men. The communities took ownership of the facility at a ceremonial ‘handover’ of the facilities to the community in June 2013. The health of the village has improved dramatically – thanks to the support from people like you! The more you give, the more Freshwater Project International can do to help the people of Malawi.

Thank you to everyone who donated to Freshwater Project International for the Mbelenga Village Shallow Well Protection Project!