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
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!

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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As the rain season comes to an end, the time to start pumping approaches!

Our director, Daniele, who brought the first pumps, had been travelling in february, and hasn't been able to see the pumps in action, which means, working really hard to water the fields.

But our trusted photograph Marco will go in Malawi this summer, and will report about the efficiency of the pumps. There are still many to buy, so we continue working to achieve the full sustainability of the village!

Our local contact, Father Kimu, is always in action, keeping us tuned on the news and developments.

Let's cross fingers and hope that, thanks to your donations, many other pumps will be bought in the future!

Father Kimu working on the pedals
Father Kimu working on the pedals
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During the last monitoring mission, our project chiefs brought with them ten new foot pumps. This pumps have been purchased by Aleimar, thanks to the donors’ support on this project. Throughout one year, this pumps make it possible for the people to live, survive and hope for a better future.

The headman chooses the family that takes care of the foot pump and that will manage to get the water into the field. The pump ensures mostly the corn cultivation, but also others vegetables such as tomatoes and zucchini.

Regarding the villages near Malombe Lake, we can affirm that the project has been successful. However, for what concerns other areas, it has been impossible to find the water, even digging for a lot of meter into the land. The long fields and the 50 meters canes helped us to bring the water to all the harvest through the top up done by our technicians.

The pumps’ purchase will guarantee food and sustenance for all the families.

When our project leaders arrived in Malawi, they knew Gorman, the agronomist appointed for this initiative. Together with him, they visited some village fields and they had the opportunity to realize how such a simple tool has changed the people’s living conditions.

We also brought one foot pump in the St. John Centre in order to cultivate the fields and the banana plantations: all the vegetables cropped have been distributed to our children enrolled in the nursery school.

According to Kimu Father, to guarantee water for all the villages in the area they need at least others 50 foot pumps.


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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Twitter: @AleimarOdV
Project Leader:
Ilaria Ventura
Melzo , Italy
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