Project information

Bringing water and sanitation to rural Malawi

Providing access to clean water is just the beginning. This project will train three communities in rural Malawi to build and maintain their own water pump and improve hygiene behaviour to bring lasting change to the whole community and future generations

January 2017 - March 2017

Charity information

Pump Aid

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  • Need


    Unavailability of safe drinking water and sanitation in Malawi is a major contributor to poverty, poor health and inequality. Many ‘safe’ water points are likely to still deliver unclean water because they are unprotected and difficult to maintain. Most poverty is concentrated in rural areas where there are deep issues of unsafe water, hunger, food security, water-borne disease, child mortality and lack of safety for women and girls undertaking water collection from remote sources.


    This project will work in three remote villages in Malawi and train communities in pump building and maintenance to provide over 450 people with access to clean water and sanitation. However, it’s not just about building water pumps - we provide training in good hygiene which helps improve sanitation practice and avoid future disease spread. This project contributes to Pump Aid’s wider programme in Malawi which is part funded by the UK Government.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve health, especially for children, the elderly, disabled and sick


    » Provide a water point in each village
    » In each village train a local community facilitator to promote good hygiene behaviour to the rest of the village

    Impact shown: The reduction in diarrhoeal disease, particularly for the young and elderly.

    Aim 2

    To help families earn a living and prosper


    » Build each pump within easy access to the community so water can be used for additional activities including growing food to sell at markets

    Impact shown: Healthier families, better attendance at school and increase in local employment.

    Aim 3

    To ensure the project remains sustainable and long term


    » Train key members of the village to build and maintain the water pump
    » Set up a Water Point Committee in each village to manage and maintain the pump and toilets
    » Create relationships between the village and the area mechanics in case any pump maintenance requires additional support

    Impact shown: Improvements in hygiene behaviour and reduction in water-related illnesses.

  • Impact


    This project will mean children can attend school and no longer get ill, women can spend more time earning a living and families can grow food and live healthier for longer. The project is long lasting and will benefit future generations.

    Data will be collected from each village to demonstrate the impact. This will include factors such as water quality, change in hygiene behaviour, reported water-related illnesses and attendance at school.


    The main risks are practical ones as fuel shortages and disrupted material supplies are always an issue in Malawi. Pump Aid is experienced in managing such problems by planning projects in advance and ensuring we have sufficient funds and resources before starting a project. Rising inflation is also an issue but we generally work in sterling and dollars, and stockpile supplies where necessary.


    We will engage donors in project progress through monthly e-newsletters, case studies and social media posts. On project completion we will provide specific details on the three villages including the GPS coordinates of the water pump, population and details of the village and photos.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,410 Pump building and installation Materials and labour costs of a locally recruited and fully trained well digging team
      £1,125 Community Engagement Training and information for local leaders in community facilitation and advocacy
      £945 Hygiene and sanitation program Workshops and training in safe hygiene promotion and behaviour
      £570 Repair and maintenance trainin Training in pump maintenance and raising funds for spare parts
      £450 Monitoring and follow up Reporting post-project on water quality, behavior change and health impacts

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pledges £2,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Malawi is one of the poorest places on earth, ranking 174 out of 187 countries.
    84% of its population lives in rural communities and 23% of these live without access to clean, safe water and have to rely on an open water source. Our project will operate in rural areas where there is dire need and where communities have been last in the queue for previous water aid. These districts include Kasungu, Mchingji and Lilongwe.


    People living in rural communities, nearly half of which survive on $1 or less per day. Those who will see immediate benefit are the most vulnerable - children, the elderly, the disabled and the sick. We assess that up to 450 people will benefit from this project which contributes to our core programme at Pump Aid.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pump Aid has existed for 18 years and has provided water to over 1.35 million people since 1998. Our pump technology suits the conditions and terrain in Malawi. We have an existing operation in Malawi and we work hand in hand with local communities whom we empower to self-manage their water points for the long term future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pump Builders

    Pump Aid has a dedicated team of pump builders who train villagers in pump building and maintenance

    Community Facilitators

    The community facilitators train local leaders in the village to promote good hygiene to the rest of the community.


Could pay for the labour costs of a locally recruited and fully trained well digging team