Chantulo Village Borehole Project – Malawi
This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.
Chantulo is a typical rural Malawian village without running water or electricity, located along a dirt road, not far from the Phirilongwe Forest Reserve.
There is no accessible clean water source for residents of Chantulo Village. This leads to illness and, in some cases, death, particularly among children under the age of 5.
Most residents currently fetch water for drinking and cooking from dirty wells or waterways like streams or rivers. Women, in particular, are vulnerable in the absence of clean, nearby water sources.
In nearby villages, women fetching water from sometimes distant, unsanitary sources have experienced domestic abuse for taking too long (husbands suspect infidelity), rape (when women venture into remote areas), and death from drowning in flooded rivers during the rainy season.
The borehole location was chosen by a village project committee, acting on behalf of the entire village. The site is publicly accessible. Construction will be done by EZ Borehole Drillers, a company located in Blantyre, with substantial experience in the area, including other boreholes funded by Water Charity.
The installation will take three days to complete. It is expected that water will be reached at about 45 meters, but the well will be drilled to a depth of about 60 meters, if necessary. Before drilling, a hydro-geographical assessment using electrical measurements will be conducted to find the depth of the underlying aquifer.
The borehole will be guaranteed for one year by EZ Borehole Drillers. Above ground, the boreholes will include a standard metal pump mechanism, a cement foundation to protect the pump mechanism, and a cement spillway to channel excess water.
Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the skilled labor as well as for the materials that cannot be found locally, such as piping, fixtures and fittings, and concrete. Chantulo will contribute volunteer labor, materials, including bricks and sand, and about $300 in cash.
1,885 people in 324 households will benefit from the project. Village X will gather data from the nearest health clinic to evaluate the impact of the borehole, comparing rates of waterborne illness before and after installation.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
The project will be administered by Michael Buckler, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Malawi from 2006 to 2008. He is the founder and CEO of Village X Org, a social enterprise located in Washington, D.C. dedicated to improving community development work in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a member of the National Peace Corps Association, Friends of Malawi, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C.
This is the 12th well under the Malawi Borehole Program.
Monitoring and Maintenance
EZ Borehole Drillers will conduct 2 days of community-based borehole management training. Trainees will include the village chief and members of two borehole management committees, a technical committee (responsible for upkeep and maintenance) and a sanitation committee (charged with keeping the borehole tidy).
This is an important infrastructure project that will improve the health and wellbeing of Chantulo. It is well planned, with strong management and fiscal safeguards in place. It incorporates elements of oversight and buy-in by the residents to ensure sustainability into the future.
This project has been paid for by an anonymous donor.
If you like this project, donate to the Program, so that we have funds on hand to continue the series of boreholes.
This project has been completed under the direction of RPCV Michael Buckler, CEO of Village X Org. To read about the start of the project, CLICK HERE.
The Malawi Borehole Program’s twelfth project is complete.
Using funds from Water Charity, EZ Borehole Drillers drilled a borehole at Chantulo Village, Malawi, starting on February 9, 2018, and finishing on February 24, 2018. The borehole was drilled to a depth of 44 meters. The water was tested and declared clean for drinking purposes. EZ Borehole installed a standard metal pump mechanism, a cement foundation to protect the pump mechanism, and a cement spillway to channel excess water.
On March 13, 2018, after letting the cement around the borehole dry and harden, the community, and Field Officers Macford Chinonga and Benard Dickson, gathered to open the well. The well is in use by the community, serving 324 households and 1885 people.
The borehole has a one-year guarantee against equipment malfunctions and other failures to harness clean water from the underlying acquirer.
We are grateful to Michael for completing this excellent project.