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Japan, GoG hand over K45 million borehole project

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OVER 12,000 households from 18 villages in three traditional authorities (T/A) in Mangochi have benefited from the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects being implemented by the government of Japan.

After realising that women in the district were walking over five kilometres at dawn to draw water, the Japanese government, through the Gift of the Givers Foundation in Malawi, drilled 20 boreholes in T/As Mponda, Jalasi and Chowe.

The borehole project was implemented with financial assistance from the Japanese government through Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects amounting to US$107,259 (about K45 million).

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“Many people who [stay] in distant places from the lake or Shire River continue walking long distances in order to access water from stagnant ponds. “The scenario results in many people succumbing to water-borne diseases   such as cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea due to use of water from unprotected sources,” said Abdul Gaffar Jakhura, Chairperson for the Foundation. Jakhura believes the boreholes will now ease the challenges the communities were facing.

He then commended the government of Japan for its continued support through the organisation in assisting Malawians towards accessing clean and safe water.

In his remarks, Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka, said universal access to safe and potable water is an essential factor for all human beings. “Access to safe water is highly connected to the socioeconomic development of the nation because of its impact on development sectors such as education, agriculture, health, industry and so forth,” Nishioka said.

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He then commended the Malawi government and other development partners for their efforts in ensuring that every Malawian has access to potable. This, he said, has tremendously increased the national water coverage to 83 percent as reported in the 2012 joint sector review report.

In his speech at the function held in T/A Chowe, Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza said government plans to fix piped water in all areas close to the lake. In 2013, the foundation also drilled 23 boreholes which benefited about 13,000 households from 18 villages in Balaka.

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