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

Dear Donor,

Malawi is one of the poorest Countries of Africa and now is facing a serious crisis. The pandemic has led to dramatic consequences from an economic and social point of view. We should also add the strong floods that hit the country between January and February 2022. The rainy season has arrived late compared to the usual period, causing damages to structures, houses and fields (in particular corn, one of the firs sources of livelihood of the country). Moreover, the scarcity of crops contributes to the increase of malnutrition rates, which is a real plague that affects the most fragile people: children. As a consequence of the economic crisis, the healthcare system is facing critical conditions: the majority of deaths is caused by severe malnutrition, pneumonia or endemic diseases.

Unemployment rate, which was already high, has increased during lockdowns and now families can’t afford primary goods. Beside severe health and economic problems, our local representatives underline serious problems in the education sector. Even if Malawi is a Country rich in water thanks to Lake Malawi, the third biggest lake of Africa, this primary good is not easily accessible by everyone. Almost 300 schools do not have access to drinking water and children have to wash themselves with water collected from the rivers. In fact, women and children have to walk for long distances in order to pick up some water, which sometimes is not drinkable and increases the spread of illnesses.

Thanks to your help in 2021 we had been able to build one well in the Vilage of Chimwalire, in Mangochi District. Thanks to your support 85 families can now have access to clean water! In 2022, due to the great need of water in villages and schools, we want to build a second well for the Full Primary School of Chimwala, always in Mangochi District. Our local representative Father Kimu is working with Aleimar in order to raise funds for its construction. We would like to buy also 10 foot pumps for the irrigation so that local families can cultivate their fields, increasing corn crops that can be sold in the markets. One well costs almost 7.370 USD, whereas one foot pump costs 315 USD. With your help we will reach this important goal together!

Thank you!

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The current situation in Malawi is still worrying. The main problem is not the Covid-19 pandemic itself, but its social and economic dramatic consequences that touch the country and its 19 million inhabitants. Less than 5% of the population has received a dose of vaccine and in general they have received Astra Zeneca. Moreover, in January 2022 Tornado Ana and several floods have hit the south of the country, destroying fields, villages and schools, worsening the already fragile situation of Malawi. Fortunately, rain has not caused huge damages in Mangochi District, but a lot of houses and structures near the Educational Centre directed by Father Joseph Kimu, our local representative, have been ruined and many people have asked for help to Father Kimu.

Father Joseph Kimu has reported that in St. John Schools life is carrying on regularly. In January the new school year 2021/2022 restarted. Children are already used to employing face masks and following all basic sanitary rules. This is not the same for all the children of Malawi of course. Unfortunately, schools that do not have direct access to clean water are numerous. According to the latest Covid-19 instructions, the Government requires that each school has to have direct access to a source of water in order to continue its activities.

At the moment, 600 girls attend school at the St. John Centre and there they receive an accommodation, food and high-quality education. Aleimar keep on providing clean water to many children supported: we have just built a well in Chimwalire Village, in Mangochi District.

Now we are working in order to build another well in the school of Chimwala, that shelters more than 2000 children; thanks to this well, not just all the students of the school will have direct access to clean water, but this fundamental right will be recognized also to 70 families of the closest villages!

We want to thank all of you for your great engagement that allowed us to continue supporting all the children involved in our projects and thanks to your help we will build together a precious well for Chimwala Primary School!

Thank you!

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According to the WHO, as of today the number of confirmed cases of Covid is 61.676, the number of deaths is 2.290, while the number of vaccine doses administered is 1.167.063. Restrictions remain in place because the situation is already exacerbated by the lack of clean water sources for the population. In Malawi it’s mainly women and children that have the task to find water, they have to walk a long way and bring on the top of their head tanks up to 20 liters. There are no clean water wells near the villages, so people feel obligated to take water from small water streams or from rainwater wells. With the water collected they cook, shower, wash clothes and cookware. Various statistics show how between children under 5 years of age, one out of five dies because of diseases transmitted by polluted water. We have to defend the right to clean water because in Malawi lots of people is still dying from diarrhea, cholera, typhus and hospitals are overcrowded. The rooms of Mangochi’s hospital host double the number of people required and some patients are placed on the floors of the hallways because of insufficiency of beds. This isn’t the right way patients should be treated and hospital staff should work peacefully.

In addition to the Coronavirus epidemic, in 2020 a cyclone destroyed cultivated fields, villages and schools and the consequences on the social and economic sector are still felt. Lots of children couldn’t go to school and that aggravated the risk to fall in the trap of malnutrition/undernutrition. Families find it hard to ensure food for their children and the school was the only place that could offer them a meal a day. For schools to be open there is the necessity to respect the measures put in place by the government to contain the spread of the epidemic: the first and most important is to have direct access to clean water in the building. For us access to clean water represents a “second vaccine” in the fight for the containment of the contagion.

In a letter of august our local representative Father Joseph Kimu, underlined the necessity to build hand pump operated wells inside the schools, specifically for the recently built St. John Centre, the primary school J. Matembwera in Katuli and in the villages of Kwisimba and Ngalipa, all of which are located in the district of Mangochi, distant 2Km from the nearest well.

Aleimar wants to contribute to the construction of the four wells because it will allow children to regain their education, for families to worry less about finding clean sources of water and to ease the fight for the spread of diseases. An example of the efficacy of this strategy is given by treadle pumps for the irrigation of cultivated fields. Father Joseph told us that the poor families who received them, thanks to the Colombini family of Milan, were very happy with the harvest. One of the beneficiaries invited him to visit his garden that produced 2.000 cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, green bell peppers, and the list goes on. Both methods are efficient and do not produce harmful emissions.

Moreover, Father Joseph says that few students came to school because the school bus service was suspended to limit the contagion. Only those who live near the school and those who have a bicycle are able to attend lessons. About the students who live in hostels, he sees the desire to work hard to get good results. He was able to help them with grants to complete their education. Other good news is the inauguration of the Information Technology laboratory and the library. He is currently searching funds to build a new hostel for the girls who attend high school, which must be finished by the end of the year and that will host 128 girls., the total cost amounts to 40.000 Euros. He says he gets joy from promoting education for girls and by giving them a safe place to learn ang grow.

Thanks to your donations, from the 29th of June till the 12th of October 2021, we collected 3.595,94 USD $. You are very kind and we are proud to have such a caring audience!

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According to the last overview of the country elaborated by the World Bank, Malawi’s economy has been heavily impacted by Covid-19 pandemic. The second wave has been more intense than the first and the recovery will depend on the evolution of the pandemic and government’s policy actions. The crisis is increasing poverty, particularly in urban areas, where the services and industry sectors have been hit hard.

So far, the number of Covid-19 cases remains low (with 34.650 general confirmed cases and 1.163 deaths). However, news coming from the neighboring countries and from the World Health Organization in relation to the possible beginning of a third wave has induced local authorities to intensify controls and to restrict the possibility of moving within the country and outward. Prevention measures, such as social distancing and the use of masks, remain. The vaccine campaign is not expected to reach a significant portion of the population until at least mid-2022.

This makes us understand how access to clean water is so fundamental for the whole population and in particular for the more fragile one. Moreover, according to local authorities’ regulations, schools cannot restart their activities if they do not respect precise health protocols. Especially, each school should be able to have access to clean water for its students. The reopening of the schools is even more important because, in many cases, it is the only opportunity for a lot of children to obtain one safe meal a day.

For this reason, our local partner wants to answer to this increasing urgency and aims to build 4 wells: one for St. John school in the rural area of Chimwala, one for Matembwera J. Primary School in North Katuli and other two in the villages of Kwisimba and Ngalipa.

Thanks to your help many children will be able to come back to school and many communities will have access to clean water in this period of emergency!

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Since late December 2020, Malawi has experienced a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases. The efforts of the Ministry of Health to ensure the possibility to receive vaccines are exemplary, however choose which buy is difficult: many vaccines have shown very low coverage for the African version of the virus.

Our work with the distribution of water pumps is going on. It is a very important, especially now: water is essential to agriculture and to ensure a basic sanitation level.

After a long time, schools finally re-opend on 22 febraury 2021; To make it possible, the Education Ministery has invested five bilion of Malawi Kwacha (5 Million Euro). Money that must be enough to drill 600 wells; to give all schools access to drinking water that allows them to wash their hands. Six hundred schools that have never had in their poverty even a well for water. With the same money the individual schools will have to buy soap and buckets with a faucet and masks that will be required to enter the classroom.

The proposal is to distribute tents to be used as classes. Plastic tents that in the African summer sun will become real ovens and bring students back to the shade of the trees. With great urgency schools, in addition to water and classrooms or tents, need a minimum of 3200 auxiliary teachers. A further urgency to be able to reopen schools seriously is the distribution of school textbooks

Aleimar is working to build a wells in local schools. This is an expensive operation: a 50-meter deep well with a hand pump costs 3,500 euros.

Thanks to YOU, we can bring water to Malawi.
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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Ilaria Ventura
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