Maloya Village used $6200 in February, 2019 to provide clean water. This project helped 1828 people across 379 households. Maloya contributed $310, materials, and labor.

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Project Info

Maloya Village wants to drill a borehole to provide clean water to village residents. They are currently drinking from unclean water sources.

Community Problem: There is no accessible clean water source for rural residents of Maloya Village. This leads to illness and, in some cases, death, particularly among children under the age of 5. Residents currently fetch water for drinking and cooking from shallow wells or waterways. Women, in particular, are vulnerable in the absence of clean, nearby water sources. In our partner villages, women fetching water from sometimes distant, unsanitary sources have experienced domestic abuse for taking too long (husbands suspect infidelity), rape (when women venture into remote areas), and death from drowning in flooded rivers during the rainy season.

Community Solution: Dig a new borehole in Maloya Village. The borehole location was chosen by a village project committee, acting on behalf of the entire village. The site is publicly accessible. Construction will be done by EZ Borehole Drillers, a company located in Blantyre, with substantial experience in the area. The installation will take three days to complete. It is expected that water will be reached at about 45 meters, but the wells will be drilled to depths of about 60 meters, if necessary. Before drilling, a hydro-geographical assessment using electrical measurements will be conducted to find the depth of the underlying aquifer. The borehole will be guaranteed for one year by EZ Borehole Drillers. Above ground, the boreholes will include a standard metal pump mechanism, a cement foundation to protect the pump mechanism, a cement spillway to direct water into a nearby vegetable garden, and a clothes washing station. Funds will be used to pay for the skilled labor as well as for the materials that cannot be found locally, such as piping, fixtures and fittings, and concrete. Maloya will contribute volunteer labor, materials, including bricks and sand, and about $400 in cash.

Partners: Water Charity & National Peace Corps Association

Outcome: clean water for the village

Feb 2017
Village Raises Cash Contribution
Aug 2017
Project Posted
Dec 2017
Project Funded
Feb 2019
Project Completed
Field Officer Macford Chinonga

Phone Number:
+265995666910 or +265886118488

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Maloya Village finally has clean water! On two occasions the borehole company drilled dry holes that failed to strike an underground aquifer. Drilling multiple dry holes is pretty rare in the well-drilling business. Residents of Maloya felt like they were cursed and would never benefit from a clean source of water. We stuck by Maloya, taking a financial risk by drilling for a third time. Thankfully, the risk paid off! On December 2, 2018, we learned that the drilling company had struck clean water on its third attempt. The rainy season caused a delay in finishing the borehole, but, on January 31, 2019, residents of Maloya and Field Officer Macford Chinonga gathered to celebrate the opening of the well.
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