World Vision Malawi (WVM) has injected about $81,000 (about K59, 454, 000) into Muloza Mishon Gravity Water Supply Project in Mulanje.
The project, which seeks to benefit close to 30,000 people from Mulanje, Phalombe and Thyolo, has since been handed over to the communities.
WVM National Director, Hezel Nyathi, said the project seeks to change lives of communities economically, through agricultural production besides ensuring that safe drinking is provided.
“The partnership between Malawi Government and World Vision has enabled us to contribute to agricultural production, quality education and health standards as well as water and sanitation in the country,” Nyathi said.
She said over 170 taps have been fixed in Muloza, above the initial target of 50 taps which the organisation planned for when the idea was conceived.
“We hope communities will also venture into gardening so that they grow crops which they will sell. Also to say that issues of diarrhoea will not be there anymore with the provision of clean water,” she said.
Nyathi added that their new target is to fix 250 taps by the end of May 2017, so as to reach out to 30, 203 people with water to ensure that more economic activities take place.
“Water users associations will also collect money from the project so that they engage into other income-generating activities (IGA), and maintenance of taps and broken pipes,” she said.
Director of Water Services Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, John Kumwenda, said water plays a crucial role in both private and public sectors as without water businesses will crumble.
“We are grateful that the Muloza Mishon Gravity Water Supply project is now effective. However, communities should take care of the taps to increase the lifespan,” he said.
World Vision received the financial package for the project from its support offices in Hongkong and United States. The Malawi office, Water Users Association and the community at large coordinated all works.