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Project information

Giving Children A Chance

Access to education is crucial to improve the life chances of children but without safe water and sanitation the benefits are critically undermined. This project will provide a pre-school in Malawi with clean water, toilets and hygiene classes to create a safe environment for children to develop.

12 months

Charity information: Pump Aid

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  • Need


    In Malawi over three quarters of pre-schools have no access to safe water or sanitation. 18% of deaths amongst children under 5 are caused by diarrhoea, principally arising from drinking and using contaminated water. Children suffering from diarrhoea and malnutrition are much more susceptible to suffering from other diseases such as malaria and measles. These factors conspire to keep many children away from school to the detriment of their education.


    This project will provide a pre-school and wider community in Malawi with access to safe water, child-friendly toilets and lead a process of hygiene behaviour change. With water close at hand, the school can establish kitchen gardens and improve nutrition for the children. Healthy and engaged children will take home what they have learnt to their siblings. Regular attendance at a pre-school will radically enhance children’s life chances whilst delivering long-term change for entire communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced incidences of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health) related water borne diseases


    » Improve access to water by building a water pump, located in a suitable position where it can benefit the wider community
    » Build child-friendly toilets with handwashing facilities close-by
    » Train care givers and parents and provide tailored teaching materials to implement robust hygiene behaviour change education for years to come

    What success will look like

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

    Aim 2

    Increased attendance at pre-school due to improved and maintained facilities


    » Train key members of the pre-school and surrounding village to maintain and repair the water pump
    » Form relationships between the school and local area mechanics for any future pump maintenance and training required

    What success will look like

    Increase in attendance at school, particularly from feeder communities.

    Aim 3

    To diversify the diet of children attending pre-schools


    » Provide seeds, tools and training to the caregivers at the pre-school to create a kitchen garden to grow food and provide children with a varied diet

    What success will look like

    Reduction in malnutrition and increase in school attendance.

  • Impact


    This project will mean children miss less school and learn more, parents will be able to spend more time earning a living and families can access water, grow food and live healthier for longer. The project is long lasting and will benefit future generations.

    Data will be collected from the pre-school 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. On project completion, we will provide specific details on the pre-school including the GPS coordinates of the pre-school, population and details of the surrounding village and photos.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,682 Water point and Latrine Materials and labour costs of a locally recruited and trained well digging and installation team
      £252 Water Point Maintenance Community training in pump maintenance and in how to raise funds for spare parts
      £1,511 Hygiene Behaviour Change Workshops, training and literature in safe hygiene and behaviour change
      £1,298 Transport and Accommodation Transporting staff and materials over large distances to the remote pre-schools.
      £188 Kitchen Garden Training, tools and seeds to create a kitchen garden
      £380 M&E Training pre-school staff in data collection, water quality testing and monitoring behaviour change
      £1,029 Local office costs A proportion of our local office costs appropriate to this installation
      £1,660 Staff costs Child Development Office, Community Facilitator, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and Technical Staff
  • 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 has to rely on an open water source. Our project will operate in a rural area where there is a dire need and the community is least likely to benefit from other government or NGO interventions.


    In just one year of operation, the project will change the lives of 100 young children and 4 care givers, impacting 400 parents and 300 siblings. Behaviour change across communities will be further reinforced with each yearly intake of 40 children and the use of these facilities by the wider community. Your generosity will leave a lasting legacy with enduring impact on some of the world’s poorest communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pump Aid works to free impoverished people from dependency, so that they reach a point of self-reliance where they no longer need the help of us or anyone else. Since 1998 we have provided over 1.35 million people with access to improved water. Our projects are 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.

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    Carers work on a voluntary basis at the pre-school and are key in promoting good hygiene behaviour to the children through interactive activities.

    Community Facilitators

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

    Area Mechanics

    Pump Aid has a dedicated team of trained mechanics who train villagers in pump maintenance and repair and are on call to provide further assistance.