In June, our four year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Phalombe district, in the Southern Region of Malawi came to an end. Since the project began, we’ve seen a massive 77% decrease in cases of cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery in the area. In light of this big win, we caught up with Maxwell Chiputula, Manager of the project, to reflect on the successes of our unique Civil Society approach.
Meet 46-year-old Luka Piano from Phalombe district in Malawi. Luka was born with a disability and uses a wheelchair for mobility. He is the coordinator of the Association of People with Disabilities in Phalombe.
Meet 16-year-old Edna Laston. She lives in Ndombole, a small village in Thyolo district in Malawi, and she is in form one at Ndombole Secondary School. Before Edna’s village had access to safe water, Edna had to wake up early to collect water and do household chores before going to school.
Meet Victoria Petulo. She lives in a small rural village in Dedza, Malawi, and she is the only girl in a family of six children. Ambitious and brimming with exciting plans for the future, she explains how easy access to clean water has transformed her life.
Could you imagine being on your period without access to a toilet or clean water? For 1.25 billion women around the world, this is a reality. It’s a particularly acute problem in Malawi, where 1 million people (6% of the entire population) lack access to any kind of toilet and are forced to relieve themselves in the open. Through our work with local leaders and communities, United Purpose is changing this – and our sanitation projects are vastly improving life for many rural women.