One Year On…
… Since Thirsty Planet’s visit to Mchinji in Malawi. We asked about the difference the Elephant Pump project had made to their lives…
Number of households – 57 estimated population 231, women 60, men 48 and 123 are children.
- Clean water has helped our tea businesses grow. We could only sell 35 mandasi and 11-15 cups of tea per day but now we sell over 50 mandasi per day. The opportunity that I will send my children to school is high now because I save money from my business with the village bank.
- An area mechanic fixes the pump when the rope flops off the wheel, so we have access to clean water all the time because time taken to fix the pump when it breaks down is very short.
Number of households – 38, estimated population-172.
- The Elephant Pump is working perfectly well and we’ve never had reports that it isn’t working, except that it is sometimes a little harder when pumping out water than before, and we suspect that the rope and washers are wearing out.
- Before we had the opportunity to own an Elephant Pump the main source of water was an open well that always dried up between October and November each year.
- Children are no longer getting sick because of drinking dirty water.
- There has been generally an increased school enrolment, overall.
- Teacher’s wives are happy because the distance to the water source has been shortened.
- Teachers and children always take a bath before coming to school for classes. It was not the case before. Teachers would go to school for classes without taking a bath.
- The pump produces clean and large quantities of water enough for school children, teachers, and households surrounding the school.
- The rope falls off the wheel sometimes but the head teacher repairs it. He also repairs other elephant pump in the neighbouring communities at a fee just as other area mechanic.
- The chief always felt sorry that children fell sick because of drinking dirty water.
- The pump is the central asset of my village.
- We no longer worry about children falling into an open well because the pump is fully covered.
- Women no longer walk long distances to fetch water like before.
- Women are always happy that we have clean water.
- We’ve had no problems with the pump since installation.
- The pump produces large quantities of water enough for the whole village.