Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) has started rehabilitating boreholes and constructing toilets around Takumana Primary School in Senior Chief Mwadzama in Nkhotakota to ease water and sanitation problems.
The development brings hope to several villages around the school which have been lacking access to potable water since the boreholes broke down in 2008, and a similar project has been implemented in other traditional authorities (T/As).
Speaking during the launch of the project, PDI executive director James Longwe said the project is funded by Waterloo Foundation.
He said PDI has already rehabilitated four boreholes and will rehabilitate another six boreholes in the area.
Said Longwe: “Out of the 10 boreholes, we will select one with high water yield to be installed with solar panel and a tank to feed 10 to 15 taps so that more people should have access to potable water.”
“We plan to train water point committees on maintenance of the boreholes and we are working with relevant government departments for sustainability of the project,” said Longwe.
Village head (VH) England, whose village has benefited from the project, said there have been water crises in his area and the surrounding because of the breaking down of the boreholes.
He said various non-governmental organisations and politicians promised to rehabilitate the boreholes, but never did. n