In Mwepa, Malawi—one of the driest villages in the region—sources of clean, safe water were scarce.
Vayiness Kawonga was accustomed to the laborious task of collecting enough for washing, cooking and irrigation. But things were about to get worse.
One day, on her way to fetch water for her family, Vayiness learned that the only well for kilometres around was broken.
Suddenly, 92 households were without access to clean water.
Residents had no other choice but to venture even farther from the village—across rocky, uncertain terrain—to collect water from an unprotected source.
It wasn’t long before the contaminated water caused many people in the village to become ill. Vayiness made frequent visits to the local health centre with her two children who were suffering from waterborne disease.
When Vayiness wasn’t with her children at the doctor’s, collecting water dominated her day. Without a pump, it took half an hour to fill one bucket. Vayiness was forced to forgo other important chores, such as harvesting her fields.
Vayiness would imagine how much easier her life could be with better access to safe, drinkable water.
With support from ACT Alliance member Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWSD) and the Synod of Livingstonia Development department (part of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian), that dream has become a reality.
Eight boreholes have been constructed in villages participating in PWS&D’s water, sanitation and hygiene project in Mpata.
For Vayiness, having a nearby source of water has lifted a considerable burden and helped her improve her well-being.
Vayiness Kawonga is improving her quality of life with better access to clean water.