Project 2019-015

Comprehensive Water Project in Mtiti, Malawi

CountryMalawi
VillageMtiti
TypeComprehensive Water Project
PartnerWater Mission
 Cost$80,000
StatusComplete

FUNDED AUGUST 1, 2019

Mtiti is a very poor community in the central region of Malawi with a population of 5,130 people. The area is known to have salty water due to poorly constructed boreholes, which have now been abandoned or have fallen into disrepair. The most common source of water for these people are hand dug shallow wells, which are full of deadly bacteria that causes sickness and disease. Those who collect water (primarily women and children) spend about 2 hours for each trip, which occurs in the morning or evening.  Water collected at the well is brown, murky, and highly contaminated. Since this is an agricultural community, time taken to fetch water takes away from time spent in the fields to produce and provide food and takes children out of school. The lack of clean water provides challenges in the schools as well. Children are asked to bring a 2-liter bottle of water to school for hygiene and cleaning,  which is difficult due to the scarcity of water. This requirement causes children to often be late for school, or not go to school at all.   Furthermore, young children are the most susceptible to water borne diseases and constant illnesses cause them to miss much school. 

This comprehensive water project will provide treated, safe water to five access points throughout the community, with one of the access points dedicated to the school.  It includes a borehole 50 meters deep, six solar panels that will power a submersible pump, a water treatment facility that will include a potable water chlorinator and a 10,000-liter tank.  Two miles of piping will connect the fresh, safe clean water to the five access points. Members of the community will also participate in a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) curriculum.

COMPLETED APRIL 15, 2022

Malawi is affectionately known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” for its reputation of kindness and generosity.  However, Malawi is also one of the poorest countries in the world.  Throughout the country, many  water systems are either broken down or abandoned, leading to the country being designated as a “water-scarce nation.”

Mtiti is an isolated community located in the Central Region of Malawi.  There are an estimated 2,615 people there who had previously never had access to safe drinking water.  Water Mission installed a safe water system to serve the entire community.

After the installation, a farmer from Mtiti said that “Marriages have been strengthened because women do not wake up early, leaving their husbands home to fetch water.”

Today, Mtiti still has its challenges. The pump used in the well was stolen, and their leadership team is working with Water Mission Malawi team to reinstall the pump.

The $30,000 contribution from INgomar living waters helped make this $80,000 project possible