World Vision Malawi (WVM) has urged other nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to consider increasing their efforts to improve the livelihoods for people living in rural areas by among other things providing them with health and sanitation facilities.
WVM Acting Programme Manager, Dannis Mseu, made the remarks on Wednesday when his organisation handed over Water and Sanitation Health (Wash)-related facilities to Ching’anda area in Makanjira in Mangochi.
Among other things, WVM drilled 33 boreholes in 15 primary schools and villages.
Other schools have also been supplied with piped water and VIP toilets.
Speaking when he handed over the facilities, Mseu said since 2012, it became clear that people in the rural areas are being denied an opportunity to live a decent life due to failure by development partners to extend their operations to remote areas.
“For this country to fully realize its development potential, there is need to take every citizen on board. But this can only be possible if we invest in improving health and sanitation for rural people, especially children and women,” Mseu said.
He said the Wash Project, which his organisation has been implementing at Ching’anda since 2012, was designed to promote health for children and women based on an understanding that these two groups are the most affected by effects of poor health and sanitation facilities.
Mseu called upon government to find means of taking care of the facilities which will benefit over 22,000 people because WVM is pulling out of the area after being satisfied with its contribution towards uplifting people’s lives.
Mangochi District Commissioner, Jack Nguluwe, expressed gratitude to WVM and asked other development partners to come in and assist the district in providing social services to the local people.
He said improved water, education and good health facilities are key to sustainable development for any country.
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