School, Villages Gain New Wells
About 60 primary school children in Chanombo village, Malawi, go to Matsewa Primary School, which is about 2 kilometers away in the area of Traditional Authority Chakhaza in Dowa district. Beginning in 2001, the school had no clean source of water because its borehole broke down. To make matters worse, the village borehole also broke down in 2002 due to the increase in workload, as it had to supply both Chanombo village and the school.
From 2002 to 2006, those two communities depended on unprotected, shallow wells as their source of water. Because of this, they experienced a lot of diarrhea cases as well as dropouts of school children. Women and school children were traveling a distance of 5 kilometers in search of water from the Bua river, which was also unprotected from contamination.
When Africare came in 2007 with a water and environmental sanitation project, the two boreholes ― the one at the Matsewa school and the one in the village of Chanombo ― were rehabilitated and are now fully functional.
Not only has the water situation been resolved but also, because of the clean water, the school has been able to remain open.