Project information

Water and Sanitation in Rural Malawi

We are committed to reducing water borne disease in rural Malawi. We do this by: promoting improved hygiene practice; assisting households to construct latrines and hand-washing systems; supporting communities to install and maintain simple, innovative and sustainable water pump technologies.

May 2018 - November 2018

Charity information: Water Works

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  • Need


    In rural Malawi, over 40% of the water points are not functioning, over half the households do not have access to adequate sanitation and washing hands with soap or ash is seldom practised. The result is that people frequently suffer from diarrhoea. In Malawi, diarrhoea - mainly from dirty water and poor sanitation - causes more than 10% of under-five child deaths.


    Our Malawian water team work closely with the villagers themselves to build water pumps using local resources that are readily available, affordable and sustainable. We also support vulnerable households construct latrines and hand-washing systems and run a hygiene awareness programme to ensure that the villages gain the most from their improved water and sanitation facilities. We have established a repair service to maximise the continued functionality of the water points.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To protect villages from water borne disease.


    » Mobilise the villages to address and improve their water, sanitation and hygiene behaviours through the provision of a hygiene awareness programme.
    » Assist villagers to construct latrines and hand-washing systems, leading to improved sanitation and hygiene for every household.
    » Construct a water point for each village, leading to access to potable drinking water for all.
    » Establish a water point repair service as a viable business that will maintain and keep in good repair all water points constructed by Water Works.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a reduction in the number and percentage of men, women and children who have experienced one or more episodes of diarrhoea within the past two weeks.

  • Impact


    Villagers will have access to safe and affordable drinking water and to hygienic sanitation.


    The risks are:
    1. The water point ceases to function.
    2. Villagers do not maintain good hygiene practice.

    We are dealing with these risks by:
    1. Establishing a water point repair service and a water payment system so that the villagers can pay for repairs.
    2. Working alongside health surveillance assistants attached to each village, who will be expected to monitor and sustain good hygiene practice.


    Updates will be posted on facebook:

    The annual report will be posted on the website:

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Construction Materials and tools for latrine and well construction and rehabilitation
      £1,400 Transport Transportation of materials and in-country travel costs
      £1,000 Registration and Insurance Vehicle Insurance, Indemnity Insurance and charity registration fees
      £2,000 Office and accommodation Rent for office and accommodation, office supplies and communication
      £1,300 Hygiene programme Allowances for health assistants and hygiene programme materials
      £4,700 Remuneration Wages for local builders and team leaders
      £5,000 Management Remuneration for programme manager
      £800 International travel Return flight for programme manager
  • Background


    Most of Malawi's 17 million people live in rural areas. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 173 out of 187 countries.
    Water Works focuses its programmes in the Traditional Authority of Malili, south west of Malawi's capital city, Lilongwe. The area receives little assistance from the government or other NGOs despite, prior to our intervention, over half the villages not havIng access to safe drinking water and most households not having a latrine.


    1. At least 360 men, women and children from 6 villages will have participated in the hygiene programme.
    2. Over 200 households will have latrines and hand washing facilities constructed.
    3. Over 1,000 people in 6 villages will gain sustained access to potable drinking water.
    4. 100 villages with a water point previously installed by Water Works will have access to a repair service

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our team of qualified engineers have worked in partnership with Universities, NGOs and Malawian artisans to develop simple, innovative and sustainable hand pump technologies. We understand that increased access to safe drinking water will only improve the health of the community if combined with improved sanitation facilities and hygiene practice.
    We have very low running costs with over 98% of our funds going directly to supporting projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Cohen

    Director and founder of the charity, Simon is a civil and environmental engineer with experience in managing WASH programmes in Africa and Asia.

    Yee Chen

    Yee is project manager in Malawi. She is also qualified in civil and environmental engineering with over 10 years experience in the field.

    Jeffrey Cohen

    Jeff is business development manager and works in a voluntary capacity with responsibility for fund raising.


Buy a water pump for a village and receive a personalised certificate and photograph when installed