Assessment Trip - Fall 2015

Malawi Project Overview

DSC_3810EWB-UD aims to provide the village of Mphero with clean and easily accessible water through a long-term partnership. Water-borne illness is extremely prevalent in the communities. Data from Villages in Partnership shows that nearly half of the population of Mphero and the surrounding villages of Chilimani, Liti, Nkagula, and Kanyenda are under the age of fifteen, leaving more than one-third of the young villagers orphaned and often without direct adult support. This leads to impecunious living conditions and an inability to maintain or improve the physical infrastructure required for community growth and development. The most acute need of the villagers is for an improved water supply infrastructure–the people of Mphero consider potable water a primary and absolutely essential need. With water sources distant, it takes young girls hours to fetch water every day, which limits time to do tasks such as attending school or spending time with family. Unfortunately, when closer water sources, such as polluted rivers, are sought out, the incidence of illness increases dramatically. Children are forced to make impossible decisions–leave school, or avoid possibly fatal water-borne illnesses.

IMG_4687 - cropTo assess the needs of the community and determine the best way to help, EWB-UD conducted two assessment trips to the region, which gathered invaluable information that allowed us to, with the help of  practicing engineers and hydrogeologists as appropriate, design sustainable solutions to provide the region with improved access to clean water. Most recently during the August 2016 implementation trip, the Malawi Project Team oversaw the drilling and installation of a borehole well and hand pump within the village limits of Mphero, no longer requiring the community to walk extremely far distances and have to pay the neighboring village for water access.  EWB-UD is also currently in the process of designing a full scale education program to help the community members villagers for the changes that project implementation has brought about. Still, this implementation is just the beginning of our partnership with the Sakata region of Malawi.  Immediately after assessing the success of our designs in Mphero, we are currently planning to expand our project to encompass the other four villages we have partnered with. This shall be undertaken with the help of several professional engineers, advisors, and incredibly dedicated engineering students.

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