Islamic Aid, in conjunction with Pump Aid, plan to drill 54 boreholes in traditional authorities (T/As) Dambe and Kapondo and sub-T/As Chimwala in Mchinji.
Speaking yesterday during an area development committee (ADC) meeting held at T/A Dambe, Islamic Aid Mchinji district coordinator Abdul Milanzi said they will drill 15 boreholes with financial support from Lilongwe Islamic Movement.
“For the meantime we will start with 15 boreholes and the works are commencing today [yesterday], but we have plans to drill more boreholes in the area,” he said.
On his part, Pump Aid Mchinji district sales representative Charles Ben said they will drill 39 boreholes starting next Monday using Constituency Development Fund.
“If funds will be available, we will drill more because our agreement is to stay in the area for two years,” he said.
In her remarks, Mchinji North East legislator Esther Majaza said the project will provide safe water to people.
She said: “Without safe water life is hard.
“For so long people in the area have been denied access to safe water.”
Majaza said some people suffered from waterborne diseases as a result of drinking water from unsafe sources.
In a separate interview, Dambe ADC chairperson Dorothy Saopa commended the initiative, saying it will ease water challenges.
“Women travel long distances to draw clean water,” she said.
Women in the area have welcomed the initiative, saying it has come at a time they needed water most to enhance personal hygiene amid the Covid-19 pandemic.