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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

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
Manjawira
Manjawira

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In a few days our project manager Angela will leave for Malawi and will be able to visit the families who, thanks to your precious contribution, have received a pedal pump and the necessary for the cultivation of the fields.§
Just last month Angela gave us excellent news on the project, we report her words full of enthusiasm:

"In recent days, the local referent, the Tiyende Pamodzi Group, has distributed, after careful evaluation, some bags of fertilizers to the inhabitants of a village in the district of Mangochi. The beneficiaries commit, once the harvest is done, to make 2 bags of corn which will be distributed in the months between November and March to the poorest families, sick people and the disabled.
I think this is a beautiful gesture, a promise that these people must keep towards themselves, towards those who believe in them and towards people who live in extreme discomfort.

The problem of the purchase of fertilizer is a huge problem in Malawi, many people do not have the money to buy these substances that then give life to the processing of the fields but especially to the collection of what will be their daily food.
Although Malawi is a state rich in water for its lakes, water does not reach the villages, so it is necessary to purchase pedal pumps to facilitate the processing of the fields, those involved in the cultivation but in particular for get three corn crops a year instead of one.
In the next trip of September, we will buy 2 pedal pumps to be distributed in 2 different villages, where, after a training course, people in charge will take care of them in order to reduce the country's malnutrition rate ".

We thank Angela for the good news and, waiting for new updates, we wish you a good trip!

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Pump for Mpinganjira village
Pump for Mpinganjira village

In Malawi, since 2016, is carrying on the project “Water for All” with which pedal pumps have been bought to irrigate fields.

This item have guaranteed three harvests in one year instead of only one per year. However, the main purpose of the project is to make this people independent in addition to feed population as we did with the schools of ST. John district.

Moreover, the harvest is not for a single person but for the whole community that sometimes is able to sell the surplus and with the proceeds they buy clothes, school uniforms, fertilizers and pesticides.

It is very important to educate people to use these pumps correctly in order to avoid accidents and to do maintenance.

Last year Mkwanda village got 13 pedal pumps, however, in this moment Mpinganjira village needs a spring to get out of potable water to prevent diseases as cholera.

In the last trimester have been raised $140, but very little needs to buy a new pump for a family. We can do it with your support!

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People at work
People at work

In Mangochi the project Water for All is proceeding successfully and the activities are increasing day after day.

Thanks to your donations we are providing new machines to the families of the village.

Last trimester we have achieved buying 30 pedal pomps and we have supported 8 families buying seeds and fertilizer, important for the corn crop and the vegetables sowing.

The purchase of facilities will help families improve and enlarge the harvest during the year as a result of the usage of innovative agricultural tools and methods. Thus, this will led to an improvement of the nutritional safety and the decrease of illness connected to malnourishment.

According to Padre Kimu, our local referee, Mangochi villagers are progressively gaining the possibility to sell their surplus and therefore, earn money and economic self-sufficiency.

Our volunteers in Mangochi
Our volunteers in Mangochi

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Our president Elena tries the pedal pumps
Our president Elena tries the pedal pumps

During the month of October our president Elena and other collaborators went in Malawi where they could see that the pedal pump project has now been tested and we are now able to gather all benefits and values that go beyond the water supply. Sure enough, thanks to the pedal pumps, not only the families included in the "Water for All" project have a water supply available to irrigate their fields, but they can do it in total safety. Perhaps, it isn’t known, but people can run a great danger if they move close to the lake water because there is a real risk of being attacked by the numerous crocodiles that infest it. On the other hand, pedal pumps can extract water from a deep hole dug away from danger. Moreover, the pedal pump given in use to a family is actually shared by several families; in this way whole communities benefit from this tool. Collaboration and sharing are the real key to success towards self-sufficiency. After our success, now we hope to create a complex water system that provide water for all inhabitans without use the water pump.

the harvest
the harvest
work in the fields
work in the fields
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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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