Increasing access to sustainable, safe water in rural communities to positively impact the health, education and nutrition outcomes of millions of people living in poverty. We promote self-reliance and resilience to solve the underlying causes of water poverty and empower women and girls in Malawi.
Over 16 million Malawians rely on community waterpoints to meet their water needs. Safe water is essential for good health, education, employment and gender equality. Up to 40% of these pumps are non-functional, due to a lack of repair and maintenance. This causes increased rates of waterborne disease, women and girls having to walk up to 6km for water and vulnerability for climate related shocks such as drought and flooding. It also impacts the ability of smallholder farmers to irrigate crops.
Pump Aid installs, repairs and maintains waterpoints that rural communities rely upon as their primary source of safe water. We recruit and train local Pump Mechanics to perform regular maintenance and repair, ensuring pumps remain functional over 95% of the time. Rural communities enjoy reliable access to safe water for a fixed, affordable cost and local government receives a professionally managed, fully transparent service.