United States Ambassador Robert Scott on Tuesday inaugurated a K 7.6 million ($10 000) boreholes and beekeeping project in Senior Chief Lukwa in Kasungu District.
The project, funded by the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, seeks to reduce community diarrhoeal cases and reduce the distance community members walk to find water.
When completed, about 2 500 community members are expected to benefit from the nine boreholes and the beekeeping project.
Scott said he hoped the project will, among others, keep girls in school because they can easily access potable water.
“Water is essential to life and is a basic human need. Clean and safe water is essential for good health. It is my hope that the nine boreholes will ensure children, including girls, stay in school,” he said.
Lukwa commended the ambassador, saying people will not only improve sanitation in the area but also ease women’s struggles in search of clean water.
“Besides accessing clean water, bee-keeping activities will improve income at household level,” he said.
The Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund was established in Malawi in 1966 to address urgent development needs at community level.
Over the past 50 years, the Self-Help Fund has disbursed over $6 million (about K4.9 billion) to 1 463 projects covering the 28 districts in Malawi.