Communities in Mzimba are now aware of the need to own a toilet as 162 villages have attained open defaecation-free status following a charity water project World Vision Malawi was implementing in the district.
Under the project, funded to the tune of K900 million, community members were urged to construct toilets and also sensitised to the evils of open defecation.
In addition, 78 new boreholes have been drilled and 38 boreholes have been rehabilitated, giving about 25 000 people access to clean and safe water.
World Vision director of programmes Charles Chimombo said he is happy to see that people, especially children, are now protected from different water borne diseases in the district.
Speaking on behalf of all beneficiaries, M’mbelwa District Council Area Development Committee (ADC) chairperson Godwin Ngulube said the newly drilled boreholes have tremendously improved people’s welfare in the area.
“I am so thankful to World Vision for its support; we are now able to access safe water at a short distance. Cases of diarrhoea are a thing of the past,” he said.
One of the areas that benefited from the project is Mpherembe, according to Chimombo.