Water for Life - First rope pump

The first water pump is installed and working! There will be four more pumps in this initial stage at existing wells around Tunguli and Msamvu villages. It is a Rope Pump, which employs simple but effective technology to lift the water. This type of pump is becoming very popular in Africa being relatively inexpensive, easy to operate and simple to maintain and repair.

Learn more about rope pumps at http://www.mawama.org/rope-pump

The villagers were fully involved in its installation and were supported by an experienced technician provided by SAWA. The training included installation, maintenance and repair and gave the villagers the skills and knowledge to ensure that the pump works effectively over a long period. During this work the well was cleaned and covered with a concrete cap both to avoid further pollution and to create a hygienic area around the pump. The pump is located at Mjuwini Hamlet and the pictures show the well before and after the installation. Feedback has been very positive and there is great anticipation of the next pumps, which will be installed soon. Come back for updates.

Water for Life - Introduction

MM has completed a number of water projects in Tunguli, in particular rainwater harvesting at the Health Centre and both primary and secondary schools. These projects have made a real difference, helping to ease the effects of drought, and are much valued by the local communities. But there remains a wider need for reliable, clean water and effective sanitation. Poor water and sanitation is responsible for many deaths and illnesses, especially of children under five, and there is much more to do in and around Tunguli to improve this situation. Such works are commonly known as WASH (WAter Sanitation & Hygiene) projects and MM is now beginning an ambitious programme to implement these in Tunguli, Msamvu and surrounding hamlets. We are calling this programme Water for Life and, as always, your continued support is vital. Please return to this blog for updates, we will do our best to keep you informed..