Running water is something that is often taken for granted in the West. Folks in the developed world assume they will turn on a tap and clean water will come out – any time day or night. However, this is not the case for many Malawians where 2.4 million people do not have access to safe water. Worse yet, over 3,500 children in Malawi die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Due to generous donations, Determined to Develop and Maji Zuwa (lodge, economic empowerment center and home to 45 orphans sponsored through D2D) now have access to clean, safe running water. Previously, water for cooking, washing and drinking was hauled up from the lake in large buckets, with our kids and local women carrying these 5 gallon containers on their heads up a steep hill.
In 2013, a generous donation by visitors from Oregon, Rocky Verdugo & Jessica Robinson began this project by providing major piping and water tank systems for Maji Zuwa, that when completed would harvest lake water and distribute it to the campus. In April 2014, Mr. Larry Moore and his family from Ohio donated an electric water pump which meant Maji Zuwa could now pump water directly from Lake Malawi to storage tanks instead of carrying each bucket up the hill.
This process and our water supply has now been further improved and finalized through the donation of an automatic chlorination system from Mr. Moore and his family. We are now able to treat the water directly during pumping with chlorine in an automatic system, which means our stored water is now safe and ready for the kids and the lodge to use.
This unbelievably kind donation of clean, safe drinking water for our visitors and kids makes a huge impact on the work of Determined to Develop and the students who call Maji Zuwa home. It’s the simple things in life that are not always so simple in Malawi: Safe, clean water.
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)