Our Water and Sanitation program continues to make a significant difference in the lives of students in rural Malawi. Read our latest blog to learn about how we support hygiene initiatives in primary schools in Dowa, Malawi.
Water & Sanitation
About 20% of Malawians don’t have basic water supply services. That is 4.5 million people. Even those who do have access to water must walk two kilometers to fetch it and carry it home. Most often this responsibility falls onto women and girls.
Only about 6% of the population has access to improved sanitation facilities. Almost all children suffer complications from water-borne illnesses like diarrhea.
Orant’s Water Program:
- drills and repairs wells
- runs community sanitation campaigns
- delivers health education
- trains communities in water treatment
- builds latrines and menstrual hygiene facilities
Orant’s Water & Sanitation Program is nationally recognized. We are part of WESNET (Water Environmental Sanitation Network) and have contributed to developing national water and sanitation policies.
COVID-19 Prevention in Malawi
Orant has been working with local stakeholders to fight coronavirus since before the first cases arrived in the country.
Our staff has undergone COVID-19 prevention training. We have supplied 25 trading posts, churches, and other public meeting places with:
- hand-washing facilities
- training to care for the facilities
- cleaning chemicals
We have provided over 22,000 people with face masks.
Stories From The Field
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.
Clean water is a gendered issue in Malawi. Women and girls bear the brunt of the water burden. Malita Chimbalame tells her story.
Madzi ndi Moyo: water is life. Melina Maiko of Central Malawi reflects on the gift of water. A new water well impacts her family and village.
Orant makes clean water accessible in rural Malawi by drilling and maintaining boreholes. In 2021, Orant drilled 15 new boreholes.
Poor sanitation and hygiene are major contributors to the burden of disease and school dropouts in rural schools and communities in Malawi.
Orant received the Solinst Water Meter only a few weeks ago but is already putting it to use in the Water & Sanitation Program.
Agatha’s community mobilization inspires us at Orant. With leadership like hers, sustainable change in Malawi is possible.
Community Based Management gives Malawi communities resources to manage their water. More players, like Orant, are also needed for success.
What is WASH? What is a WPC? And what make a latrine improved? Orant Charities Africa answers these and more questions about WASH in Malawi.