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Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families
Water for All: pedal pumps and wells for families

This year the monitoring trip was carried out by four young volunteers: Marco and Miriam, who decided to go to visit Aleimar's Projects in Malawi for their honeymoon, Davide, a recent medical graduate who is putting his skills at the Mangochi hospital, and Andrea, who is conducting a thesis research on the impact that this project has on the entire community.

During their stay in the country, they met the families who benefited from the pedal pumps and, in collaboration with Kimu and the agronomist, contributed to the preparation of a training program with practical and theoretical lessons on innovative and environmentally agricultural techniques and on the correct use of the pedal pump.

The first meetings were for 10 people: 2 men and 8 women. A first difficulty encountered is due to the low level of literacy of the participants, but, thanks to the help of the young volunteers, some moments of teaching were cut out, from learning the alphabet to the simplest operations.

It was really exciting to see women write their names for the first time!

A special thank you goes to Marco, Miriam, Davide and Andrea who put themselves in the game for families and children in difficulty. But an even greater thank you goes to all those who contribute to the project and who give a hope of redemption.

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Waiting to meet our local referent Kimu, just returned to Italy for a short time, here are the latest updates on the project:

Due to heavy rains the season of the last harvest was rather poor; this was also confirmed by the Tiyende Pamodzi Group which, composed of local volunteers and coordinated by the local contact Aleimar Marina, supports and provides assistance to people with disabilities and children in the different villages of the district. In December, thanks to your valuable contribution, we donated two pedal pumps to two volunteers of the group: Unfortunately Mbwana Watch "of Mtuluko Village failed to plant anything due to the flood, but now that it has cleared the ground, he is ready to plant tomatoes.It went better for the volunteer Yahaya said that between April and May he had planted cabbages and tomatoes and, despite the delay in the application of pesticides due to the lack of sprinklers, he is getting a decent harvest and with what proceeds from the sale can buy a sprayer!

In the last three months we have managed to buy two more pedal pumps that will soon be donated to two new families! We hope that the climate is mild and guarantees a better crop that can ensure food and a profitable sale!

Finally, we wish you a pleasant journey to discover the Aleimar projects in Malawi, to Miriam and Marco, two volunteers who have decided to make a wedding of solidarity, and to Andrea and Davide, two young graduating students. We are waiting for your news!


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We have fresh news for you from our project! Angela, our project leader in Namwera came back to Milan and we recently met her. She told us that in Mangochi there is still a need for new pedal pumps, to allow every family the access to water. Father Kimu said that the harvest doubles or even triple using the pedal pumps. It is easy to understand how these pedal pumps really improve the lives of these families. In Namwera, instead, which is a hilly area, it is difficult to find water at a superficial level, reachable by a pedal pump. For this reason, the project will focus in the future on the Mangochi area, where this system is more effective.

Moreover, the 21st of May, presidential election were held in Malawi. The former President Mutharika should be confirmed, but scrutiny is still being carried out.

We want thank you for you support, also on behalf of all the families you are helping!


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First of all we would like to thank you once again for your fundamental support! Thanks to your commitment, we managed to raise 1742 dollars during the last three months. With this amount of money seven more pumps for seven different families will be built.

Unfortunately, the rain season in Malawi is lasting more than usual and in this way it is slowing down the building of the Saint John school in Mangochi.

Even though in this period there is plenty of rainwater, the access to drinkable water is getting even more difficult due to the scattered mud, which is also spreading several diseases.

Anyway, one of our local referents is coming to Italy in May and June and she will bring fresh news, that we look forward to sharing with you.

Last month, our collaborator Francesca held some meetings in the elementary schools of Milan in order to raise awareness among young people about the importance of water, a primary asset that really changes people's lives.

Thanks again for all the efforts you are doing in order to make this project possible!


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As promised, here's what our project leader Angela recently told us about when she returned from Malawi:

"The trip to Malawi is an experience that always puts me to the test. We move from pre-travel anxiety to the great melancholy of the return for those who leave themselves: looks, smiles, hugs ... but also a return full of adrenaline for everything we do and that there is to do.

A continent, 26 hours of travel, thousands of miles divide us from this country, but as soon as you arrive in this land, all the misadventures and difficulty vanish to leave space to the emotions.

Also this year we visited two villages to which we had purchased irrigation pedal pumps in the Mangochi District. It was surprising to finally see a "green" vegetation, fields well kept by their leaders. We are confirmed that thanks to the pedal pumps we guarantee three crops of maize for year, in addition to growing vegetables. In this September of anomalous heat, where along the roads you can not see other land, dry trees and the predominant color is brown, get to the cultivated fields where the water comes thanks to the pedal pumps puts us in front of a different landscape.

Thanks to the contribution of many sensitive and supportive people, we were able to buy two pedal pumps for the Tiyende Pamodzi Group which, made up of local volunteers and coordinated by the Aleimar local referent Marina, supports and provides help to disabled people and children in different villages of the district. The pumps were delivered personally to two volunteers carefully selected by Marina and the group: "Mbwana Watch" of Mtuluko Village and "Saidi Yahaza" of the Village of Mpwaira Kutuli. These two volunteers have been trained, will take care of the pedal pumps as well as the direct cultivation of the fields, ensuring food to combat malnutrition.

Before returning to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the village of Manjawira: here we are proposed to build a well because in hot times like this, people, as well as suffering from malnutrition, have no water to drink and to to cook. This is a very poor village, 22 km away from Mangochi and it takes 45 minutes to reach it. Currently, the women of Manjawira and other neighboring villages go to get water to the river, 2 km away, a dirty water that in order to drink it must be boiled for a long time, consuming a lot of wood. In this emergency, we are thus evaluating the possibility of committing ourselves to the construction of a well that would really change the lives of many people. .

The time has come to return to Italy: the stay in Malawi has been quite heavy physically, but the scorching heat and frenetic rhythms are nothing compared to the emotions that are experienced when meeting friends, volunteers, children but especially disabled people and people sick. I am amazed by the serenity with which these people with their problems live everyday life, by their ability to build relationships of trust, but above all to be there for each other. This must be a great example for us too, "KNOWING BEING" rather than "KNOWING TO DO".

Pedal pumps for Tiyende Pamodzi Group
Pedal pumps for Tiyende Pamodzi Group


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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Twitter: @AleimarOdV
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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