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In common with much of the world, all schools in Malawi closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic and for months there was no re-
We had 65 Secondary School students “on hold”, on our Education Programme, and were committed to continuing to sponsor their educational needs as soon as the situation was clarified….
From March 2020….
Before March, our major concerns were hunger and the potentially poor maize harvest coming up, but within weeks, schools were closed, a country-
Social distancing is tricky in a congregational society, but gradually word spread, and as more information unpacked globally, it was realised that this lifestyle might help mitigate transmission as much of it is lived outdoors in the fresh air. But with limited healthcare and facilities, complacency is risky, so we worked hard to help educate around prevention and provide resources to back that up.
Frequent hand washing was globally recommended, and by the end of March, our staff had distributed soap to hundreds of families in 15 villages, knowing many couldn’t afford to buy it.
More followed in May, and by then, over 1500 bars had been distributed to vulnerable families, along with guidance on the importance of regular washing.
Alongside, we set to work repairing borehole pumps, recognising that broken pumps force congestion at adjacent water points causing queues that prevent the women from being able to socially distance.
So we repaired 7 borehole pumps—including at 4 schools—enabling 1794 households, (about 20,000 people) access to clean water.
Madeya Village Borehole
This pump served 180 households, 365 people, and was the sole source of safe water in this village.
The repair of Madeya’s pump in April renewed direct access to clean water in their locality, and the replacement of the dangerous, broken cement apron made the area hygienically safer.
Siyamanda School Borehole Pump
200 households plus schoolchildren—1732 beneficiaries —used this busy borehole. When it broke down in March, the long walk to the next water source put children at risk as they were outside the school’s safe locality and increased the crowds at that pump.
It’s successful repair has meant families can now collect enough water locally, at intervals, to inhibit the spread of the virus.
It also brings safe water back within grasp of those too frail or sick to walk far.
Nachanje Village Pump
320 households—550 people
Pump repaired & new cement apron
Lolo Village Pump
474 households—550 people
Siyamanda School’s repaired pump
Nazombe Primary School pump—4430 users
During April 2020, we repaired
7 borehole pumps, restoring clean, safe water back to
& 4 schools,
about 20,000 people
A broken borehole pump brings distress and problems, especially for women who traditionally collect water many times a day.
They need to walk further, carry heavy buckets for longer, use up more time, and risk increasing congestion and queues at the next clean source, or risk harming their families using potentially contaminated water from rivers or waterholes.
Unfortunately, these popular fortnightly events for the elderly had to be cancelled for a while because of the ban on gatherings due to the pandemic, but we’ve developed other ways to help the hungry and frail.
…. & Water
During the first half of the year, Malawi didn’t experience a full lockdown though it was threatened, but objections were passed in the courts.
Up until the end of June there were only 16 confirmed deaths attributed to coronavirus in the country, and life continued with social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing and the reduction of crowds.
|A "Carbon Footprint"|
|Msikita Community Centre|
|Monjo School tank|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|2020a-food & reforestation|
|2020a-Coronavirus-soap & water|
|Disaster mitigation - 2019a|
|OHP Centre-food, moringa, trees-2019a|
|OHP Centre-education,goats & staff-2019a|
|Milk, Education & Roofs-2019b|
|Borehole pump repair-2019b|
|Water- new pipelines-2019b|
|Liphala Community Centre-2018a|
|Namata Community Centre-2018a|
|Water & Bridges-2018b|
|latest news - 2017-18|
|Community education - 2016b|
|News Jan 2014|
|OHP site development-2012b|
|Latest news-Feb 2013|
|On site news - 2010|
|Finally - 2010|
|Life in Malawi-2009b|
|Goats & Milk-2009a|
|And finally ...2009a|
|Pastors' Conf - 2009|
|A helping hand-2009b|
|Milk & Play Centres-2008a|
|Helping Hand -2008a|
|Chickens & water-2008b|