Supporting rural Malawi to build resilience, independence, and prosperity through sustainable access to safe water. We work with pre-schools, entrepreneurs, and communities providing them with the knowledge and skills to invest in their own water supply. Offering a hand-up, not a hand-out.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Up to 50% of its community water points are broken, which forces people to drink unsafe water, leading to serious health issues and worsening poverty levels. Frequent bouts of diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor hygiene practices lead to high incidences of stunting in under 5s and wasted journeys to non-functioning points, taking time away from education and employment, keeping people poor and blocking their path out of poverty.
Pump Aid provides sustainable solutions to Malawi's water challenges. Our preschool programme invests in future generations by providing under 5s with safe water and sanitation facilities, hygiene behaviour education and access to improved nutrition. Our water entrepreneurs programme trains and mentors’ local area mechanics to develop small-scale sustainable businesses that improve access to water through pump repair and maintenance services and create employment opportunities in the community.