Pump Aid

Building back better: end water poverty in Malawi

Restore access to safe reliable water for up to 25,000 people in rural Malawi, by providing 10 local mechanics with technical and business training to repair and maintain vital water supplies and funding the emergency repair of up to 100 community water points to increase resilience to COVID-19.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1077889)

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Championed by Waterloo Foundation (International)


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther




Despite c90% pump coverage in Central Malawi, over 50% of rural water points are classified as non-functional. As a result, at least 9 million Malawians lack access to basic water sources at any one time. There is a lack of knowledge and parts available locally to fix the water points, leaving them unused when they fall into disrepair. This leads to serious health issues, worsening poverty levels, limited opportunities and leaves the population dangerously exposed to the impact of COVID-19.


Reliable access to clean, safe water is fundamental for general health resilience and in the fight against COVID-19. We provide access to clean, safe water in rural Malawi through a sustainable entrepreneur-based approach: promoting self-reliance and ending aid dependency. We train and mentor local Area Mechanics to service, repair and install water points, developing small-scale businesses, and bring life-saving water to communities through ensuring functionality of water points.