Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In Malawi, 80% of the population has access to improved drinking water sources, leaving about 4 million still lacking access to safe potable water. There are acute drinking water shortages in the project area, with communities collecting water from hand-dug holes in dried-up creek beds shared with animals.
BridgIT Water Foundation and the Wildlife & Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) have partnered to implement a water supply program for communities surrounding Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve covers 180,000 hectares and is the largest wildlife reserve in Malawi, supporting most of Malawi’s wildlife species, including elephants. Unfortunately, wildlife and natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate resulting in massive environmental degradation.
This project has two main objectives – water for communities and wildlife conservation. The project provides quality drinking water to water-scarce communities within a 5km band surrounding Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. It also aims to build community understanding of the importance of protecting wildlife and reducing wildlife trafficking, particularly relating to elephants.
Enhanced accessibility to clean water will improve the quality of life for local communities and support the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in wildlife conservation.
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