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Conclusion Of Mlenga Village Well Project - Malawi
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Buckler.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
The well was an unmitigated success, and Water Charity is happy to report that our collaboration with Michael's Village X NGO went extremely smoothly.
Using funds from Water Charity and Friends of Village X, Eazy Borehole Drillers drilled a borehole at Mlenga Village, Malawi, starting on Monday, February 2, 2015, and finishing on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The borehole was drilled to a depth of 48 meters, a static water level of 3 meters, and a dynamic water level 25 meters.
The water was tested and declared clean for drinking purposes. Eazy Borehole installed a standard metal pump mechanism, a cement foundation to protect the pump mechanism, a cement spillway to direct water into a nearby vegetable garden.
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, after letting the cement around the borehole dry and harden, the community and Village X Country Representative, Myson Jambo, gathered to open the well. The well is in use by the community (see pictures below). After the rainy season, the community will use its own funds to protect the borehole by building a grass fence around the area and constructing a small building around the borehole itself. The borehole has a one-year guarantee against equipment malfunctions and other failures to harness clean water from the underlying acquirer.
Simple story, big impact. We asked, you gave, and now Mlenga Village in Malawi is on the verge of drinking clean water. It begs the question: why isn't all philanthropy this simple?
We couldn't agree more.
The results are in! Mlenga Village is markedly healthier. Lambulira Health Clinic reports that waterborne illness in Mlenga dropped from 84 cases in February to 47 cases in March, a 45% reduction. One month of clean water and an immediate, sizable reduction! We'll continue tracking this trend.