Germany has provided 125 000 euros (about K102 500 000) to Habitat for Humanity Malawi (HfHM) for improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) in Lilongwe’s low income areas of Mtsiriza and Mtandile.
HfHM Wash coordinator Ulemu Gondwe said the project will involve construction of boreholes, installation of water tanks and girl-friendly latrines, rehabilitation of old latrines and hand-washing facilities in selected primary schools in Mtsiriza and Mtandire and two water kiosks in Chitsukwa and Nkhwazi villages.
He said the project also aims to tackle menstrual hygiene issues that tend to hinder female learners from concentrating on their education, especially during their menstruation period.
Gondwe said the two locations were identified because they are characterised by low income levels, rapid growth, high population density, and an almost complete lack of urban infrastructure.
He said: “There are two government schools in the project area which have high numbers of learners and are underfinanced; hence, struggling to provide basic Wash services to their learners.
“The Wash situation in the community is critical. These problems lead to frequent instances of waterborne diseases.”
Lilongwe District Council groundwater development assistant Grace Masautso hailed the project, saying they have since started training water-point committees on how they can maintain the boreholes.