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
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

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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Pedal pumps in action!
Pedal pumps in action!

Malawi is a country with many resources: there are lakes and rivers, but often you can not make the most of this wealth. The population lives on a subsistence farming that, because of poor irrigation and the use of inadequate cultivation techniques, does not guarantee a balanced and daily meal for many families. For this reason, cases of malnutrition and child mortality don't decrease!


Pedal pumps can represent a still of salvation! The beneficiaries families, thanks to the use of pumps and fertilizers, have tripled their crops and improved the quality of maize. In addition to ensuring food security, farmers can also sell grain surplus to the market, thus gaining a useful profit to cover other spending.

During his august trip, our photographer Marco was able to see foot pedals in action and confirmed their efficiency for field work as well as the farmers' joy and satisfaction.

On October, our President Elena and a group of Aleimar friends will go to Malawi and they will have the pleasure to meet Father Kimu, our trusted local referent, and will see in person the improvements that this project has brought to life for many families.

On the occasion of the visit, we hope to be able to deliver new pedal pumps to other families in the village of Mangochi!
Good trip!

Irrigation
Irrigation
A good crop
A good crop
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Group photo with the families
Group photo with the families

Here is what our local contact, Father Kimu, writes to us from Malawi: "Saturday 20 May was a wonderful day for me, for my teammates and especially for the 25 poor families who received news pumps for irrigation. The chief of the village was excited and thanked the Aleimar association for donations and for what it was doing for his people". 

These 25 families who have received pedal pumps are also finishing the course on using these equipment and basic agricultural concepts so that on delivery of fertilizer and seed they will know exactly how to start the activity.

It's really a great joy to think how buying a simple tool to use can feed many families, but especially many children, if we think that on average, a Malaysian couple has about 8 children!

We are very happy for the success of this initiative and we hope to help many other families in the future!

Father Kimu drops pedal pumps
Father Kimu drops pedal pumps
A happy day for the village
A happy day for the village
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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Ilaria Ventura
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