Salima District Well Repairs Project – Malawi

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Kantchenembwe; Tembwe; Yonamu; Kuchilawi; Salima District, Central Region, Malawi

Borehole and pump in Salima District, Malawi

Community Description
All villages are located around the Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Most people in the area are farmers.

Problem Addressed
Broken boreholes are causing a lower living standard. Due to small broken parts in a number of village boreholes, thousands of women are travelling up to 3 km away to collect their water, taking much longer each and every day. They also have less water, as because of the distance they are using small buckets in order to manage the weight and the distance. Some villagers are taking water from unsanitary sources and risking their health. When the rainy season is soon over, this will also become impossible as well.

Project Description
Kantchenembwe is located southwest of Kuti Wildlife Reserve. There 1,700 persons are depending on a broken borehole and the next one is 2 km away.

Tembwe is located in the east of Kuti Wildlife Reserve. 1,200 inhabitants in one part of the group area are desperate to get water from the two broken waterholes.
Yonamu is located west of Kuti wildlife Reserve. 1,900 people have to walk 2 km to the next water source and therefore most inhabitants are drinking unsafe water.Kuchilawi village borehole
Kuchilawi is a village northeast of Kuti Wildlife Reserve. The two boreholes were damaged within a month. The 1,200 inhabitants are drinking water from an uncovered well due to the fact that the next well is 3 km away, and there might be the risk of cholera.
All wells are using the AFRIDEV-system. A variety of broken borehole parts need to be renewed.
These parts will be bought in Salima, and the transport will be covered by Kuti Game Reserve. There are trained people in the communities who were trained when the wells were installed. Therefore, the communities are able to fix and monitor the wells on their own.

Project Impact
6,880 people
in 4 communities will directly benefit, as well as anyone visiting or passing through the region.

Managing Volunteers
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Gretchen Ruhl and Kuti Wildlife Reserve Park Manager Gen Crisford are managing the project, and Kuti Wildlife Reserve is coordinating the project.

Salima District Well Repairs Project - Malawi

Monitoring & Maintenance

Trained people in the communities will monitor the fixed well. They can also communicate with Kuti Wildlife Reserve Outreach officer Lloyd Kaude i

RPCV Gretchen Ruhl previously completed the Mapiko Well Project in Malawi with Water Charity as a PCV.  CLICK HERE to read about the conclusion of that project.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of AquaBio Environmental Technologies, Inc., of Marina Del Rey, CA, USA, logtime supporters of the work of Water Charity.

Additional donations will go to other projects in Malawi.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.