We still facilitate education sponsorship to over 80 students at Secondary School, who, because of their family’s poverty, wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.
Many of the children come to the end of our programme in December as they complete their final year. They’re poised now, nervously awaiting the results of their MSCE—important exams akin to our GCSE in the UK. We’ve be liaising with Headmasters and staff to select other suitable candidates to fill their places.
Water is always a major challenge in the rural areas of Malawi.
The annual torrential rains hit from November, battering down flimsy houses, destroying roofs, flooding fields, engorging rivers, and sweeping away seedlings, soil, even livestock. Then follows the long dry season, rivers shrink, the water table drops, and wells dry out. There are some community water projects, but most in the remote areas rely heavily on boreholes for their water supply.
So when a pump breaks down, it devastates the local community, forcing the women—the water carriers– to walk long distances
and use a huge portion of each day trudging to adjacent boreholes. The alternative is to risk their family’s health, and often lives, by taking water from polluted rivers or occasional wells.
Once again, Wilmslow Wells joined with us to repair boreholes down in the Muona area. 5 were specifically planned, and the materials bought and transported to that area. About 3000 people have benefited from this work as clean, safe, drinking water has been restored.
Ladies carry water—sometimes for vast distances— in buckets on their heads, and we were astonished when we weighed a random bucket at 23kgs!
So help with the repair of boreholes is vitally important to these vulnerable communities.
Sikeyi Village bore-hole,
(serves 700 people)
water flowing (left)
Repairs cost £145
This is page 3 Autumn trip 2009