Yona Maloto has been a Water Field Assistant for Orant's Water & Sanitation Program since 2020. We interviewed him to learn more about his work.
Community Based Water Management in Malawi
Drilling a borehole or well is the first step toward clean water in Malawi. Then comes management.
Community Based Management in Malawi
Community Based Management is an idealistic approach to development. The objective is for communities to sustainably finance and manage their water systems. Through training, they are empowered to assume responsibility for their water supply. In reality, communities don’t always have the authority or resources to properly manage WASH. Other players must be involved. We break down each of these players below, including the community.
1. Local Community Members
Local communities are the core of WASH initiatives. 10 community members make up each Water Point Committee. These committees maintain their villages’ boreholes. They advocate for sanitation and hygiene. And they collect tariffs to fund maintenance. They represent the end goal of community based management in Malawi.
These committees represent villages. They gather on-the-ground, community-level intel about WASH access. Then, they inform the District Water Office about their community’s needs.
3. District Water Office
The District Water Office is the supervisor. It is their job to approve all water projects in the district. They listen to community needs. They gather data. And they work with nonprofits like Orant to implement needed changes.
Orant is a doer. We work with communities to make water accessible. To start, we assess water access and quality. With the findings, we determine which communities to serve. Then, we drill wells, run WASH education initiatives, and train community leaders. We are a mentor and liaison for community members. In other words, we make sure communities have the resources and advocates they needed to safely manage their resources.
In conclusion: it takes a village.
Creating stability in Malawi is a group effort. Villagers work with chiefs. Chiefs work with nonprofits. Nonprofits work with government officials. When schools need improved latrines, community members provide bricks, sand, and quarry stones. Teachers tell their students to wash their hands. Everyone plays a part. On the other side of the world, you do too.
Drilling new boreholes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors.
The Orant Journal
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Orant makes clean water accessible in rural Malawi by drilling and maintaining boreholes. In 2021, Orant drilled 15 new boreholes.
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Orant received the Solinst Water Meter only a few weeks ago but is already putting it to use in the Water & Sanitation Program.
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Orant's Water & Sanitation Program builds an improved pit latrine for girl learners at Chilinkholi Junior School in Central Malawi.