2018

Yelemiya Village used $6200 in January, 2019 to provide clean water. This project helped 401 people across 101 households. Yelemiya contributed $310, materials, and labor.

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Project Info

Yelemiya 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 residents of Yelemiya Village. The consumption of local, dirty water 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, or travel 15 kilometers to access water from another village. 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 Yelemiya 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. Yelemiya will contribute volunteer labor, materials, including bricks and sand, and about $300 in cash.


Partners: Water Charity & National Peace Corps Association


Outcome: clean water for the village

Jan 2018
Village Raises Cash Contribution
Jan 2018
Project Posted
Feb 2018
Project Funded
Jan 2019
Project Completed
Field Officer Wedson Kondowe

Email: wedson@villagex.org
Phone Number:
+265994207245 or +265888661301

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Cost Breakdown

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labor
$3075

domain
materials
$942

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admin
$620

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transport
$496

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fees
$620

assessment
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$446



Field Updates
The borehole was drilled by Vonder Water Technologies in early December 2018. The borehole's depth is 63 meters. The local government tested the water and confirmed its safety for drinking. On January 5, 2019, after allowing the cement around the borehole to dry, Yelemiya gathered to celebrate its new borehole. The borehole will provide clean water not only Yelemiya, but also the neighboring villages of Yakumutu and Chaluchamala, helping about 350 households in all. The chiefs from these villages were present at the celebration, as was field officer Wedson Kondowe.
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