Water for Kalima

Year: 2018
Country: Malawi
Project Investment: $7,534.72
Project Status: Funded
Sector: Health

Project Launch: 12-17-18

Kalima Village faces drinking water problems due to excessive salt from the groundwater sources currently used. The community is ringed by the Shire River, the biggest freshwater river in the country, which is highly infested with crocodiles that have killed people when collecting river water. Because of the crocodiles, people opt to use the two saline boreholes, which are often congested. Next to the community is a channel, which is used to divert water for irrigation purposes to a commercial sugarcane estate. The estate managers have so far allowed the community to also receive water from their pumping point.

This project aims to address these challenges by filtering the canal water and erecting water points, to act as new sources of water. This will ease travel time and help women free up time to participate in income-generating activities. The treated water will also allow community members to have clean water free from contamination.

Project Update: 9-5-19

Community members from Phata village have in the past years used saline water for household chores, as they desisted from collecting saline free water from the crocodile infested Shire River. The Water for Kalima project has provided a new lease of life by installing nine water pipes in the community which are being used by 3,497 people. Water from an already existing treatment plant at Illovo Sugar Company site is being reticulated through a main pipe line which in turn channels the water into other reticulation pipes, connected to the water pipes. The community members collectively dug a 1500 meters canal for installing the pipe lines, a show of immerse solidarity and ownership of the project. The project has installed two 10,000 litres water tanks at a nearby school which will be used to store the treated water from the main pipe line once a pressure pump has been procured. Unfortunately, the community was hit by floods caused by Cyclone Idai, but the water pipes provided a constant supply of safe drinking water which prevented the spread of waterborne diseases. Agness Biton, a 25 year old woman said,”The project has solved our problems which we used to face when we used to draw water from the only borehole which was salty. If we had not worked on this project, with the current flood damage, most people could have been affected by waterborne diseases. But this has not happened because we are using the tap water which is safe”. 

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