Elephant Conservation & Community Water Program
With a quarter of its total landmass taken up by lakes, Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa and water-borne diseases such as cholera being among the major causes of death in young children Malawi, providing safe water and improved sanitation takes on urgent dimensions.
In this project, the provision of water wells will be a gift to the Nkhotakota Wildlife reserve communities in return for their wildlife conservation efforts. This project will provide quality drinking water in water scarcity communities surrounding the reserve and build their awareness and capacity to understand the importance of protecting wildlife, particularly elephants and reducing wildlife trafficking.
There has never been a project around the reserve to improve communities' participation, and this project will fill the knowledge gap currently seen among communities. This project will have a water supply component to the adjacent communities. Only 63% of the population have access to potable water, 37% of the boreholes in the area are not functioning, and 53% live below the poverty line [Nkhotakota District Council Investment Plan].
Area: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
Solution: Drilled bore wells equipped with hand pumps and refurbishment of existing boreholes