ACTION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (AFES)

Kumponda WASH Project Report

Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) in Partnership with Vibrant Village Foundation (VVF), is implementing WASH activities in Kumponda Village in Blantyre district. 

Please read our project summary Report Below;

 PROJECT SUMMARY REPORT

 

Community/Village:

Kumponda

County/Province:

Malawi

District/Region:

Blantyre/Southern Region

Beneficiaries:

4 sub-villages/ Zwanya, Kumponda, kamwendo and Chiwalo.

Direct Population Benefited:

5420 People

Current community situation/problems:

Poor access to clean water, lack of sustainable community structures for management of water, sanitation and hygiene, an increase in water, sanitation and hygiene related problems.

Project components:

Mobilization and training a sanitation and hygiene promotion group made of 20 members where 10 are women, training of 18 local water pump mechanics, and maintenance/rehabilitation of 4 broken water pumps.

 

 

 

Activities

Numbers Reached

Location

Completed rehabilitation and maintenance of 4 boreholes afridev water pumps.

Providing clean drinking water to 5420 people including 300 pre-elementary school Children of Ntenjera community based care centre.

Kumponda Village, sub-village headman Kumponda,zwanya, kamwendo and chiwalo.

Completed the field practical hands on training of 18 local mechanics in water pumps maintenance and general management of a water point.

18 local mechanics fully attended and completed the field practical training's.

Kumponda Village, sub-village headman Kumponda,zwanya, kamwendo and chiwalo.

 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

4 boreholes using afridev water pumps have been maintained successfully in Kumponda Village, sub-village headman Kumponda, zwanya, kamwendo and chiwalo directly supplying clean drinking water to more than 5720 people.

 

The maintenance of 4 boreholes which has taken about two and a half Months for the 1st of August 2015 has been also used as part of the field practical training's of 18 local mechanics in borehole water pumps maintenance which have also been successful.  The field practical training's were being conducted in collaboration with the department of water (DoW) and Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES).  In total 18 local mechanics with equal representation of Men and Women successfully completed the trainings which have realized 4 boreholes afridev water pumps maintained in Kumponda Village, sub-village headmen, Kumponda, zwanya, kamwendo and chiwalo.

 

Key Learning;

Learning by doing is very effective way of acquiring maintenance skills as participants were able to easily adopt and understand technical aspects of the training's and demonstrated to remember and apply everything well than the convectional classroom training's.

Easy access to clean drinking water has tremendously reduced the unproductive time and increased the productive time for women of Kumponda community by 60 percent.

      

Key challenges;

During the implementation of this project one major challenge experiences was  a complete technical maintenance failure of one water pump (borehole) due to a technical irreversible blockage and broken polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes of the borehole in the underground water source.

Solution taken; Alternatively the challenge was managed by moving to another broken water pump which serves the same beneficiaries’ of sub-village headman Kumponda (where the first pump was broken) including elementary School and pre-school children of Ntengela community based child care centre and Ntengela primary School.

OVERVIEW OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

The project major activities included finalization of maintaining the 4 borehole afridev water pumps which also was accompanied by the practical hands on training's for 18 local mechanics.

The overall field practical training objective was to equip the local mechanics with skills and knowledge on borehole maintenance procedures at Community level for sustainable use of the water points. These trainings were a complementary to the classroom training's that were organized in the previous quarter, therefore, the following was a model used to train the local mechanics both in classroom (one week training) and field practical’s (two and half Month training).

 TRAINING METHODOLOGY

During the training the following methodologies were used.

· Focus group discussion (FGD)

· Brain storming

· Role play

· Questions and answers

·Borehole demonstration (field practical application)

 TRAINING CONTENTS

· Historical Background of VLOM System (village level operation and    maintenance).

· Introduction to a borehole.

·Afridev hand pump parts and their function

                 -    Above ground components

            -    Below ground components

· Fast wearing parts

· Tools for dismantling and reassembling of the hand pump.

· Pumping Mechanism of Afridev hand pump

· Types of maintenance

        - Preventive maintenance

        - Breakdown maintenance

        - Facility maintenance and reliability

· Security system for Afridev hand pump

· Roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.

· Community Action Cycle for Operation and maintenance.

· Facility Management Plan (FMP)

· Mainstreaming Cross cutting issues in water supply and sanitation.

-          Gender

-          HIV and AIDS

-          Environments

     

Participant to the training includes the following people;

  1. Charlie Chanthengo
  2. Maxwell Ellias
  3. George Njoloma
  4. Trizer Gowa
  5. Eckton Mbeta
  6. Samuel Wandolo
  7. Edna Tambala
  8. John Masamba
  9. Alepha Thomas
  10. Frank Seyama
  11. Loney Kululanga
  12. Agness Roben
  13. Joseph Daka
  14. Evasi Juliyo
  15.  Lydia Daudi
  16. Nickson Kamphanje
  17. Dorothy Enerst
  18. Grace Chirwa 
  • 200 Table tops water filters were also distributed to households that are vulnerable to drinking unclean water in the community.


Feedback from the trainees

The training's are very essential to us because we didn’t have any mechanics for maintenance of our water pumps once they are broken, we struggled with the department water from the government to come and help us and they were not showing up even for more than a year whilst we are asking from them, may be because they are too occupied with the whole southern region, I don’t know, but now we are going to be able to do everything by ourselves, we will buy spare parts by using the water user fees collected for using the water pump from all capable families that are in our register. Thanks to AfES and Vibrant village foundation for this assistance.

Feedback from community users

Group Village headman Kumponda; The water issues that AfES and Vibrant Village foundation are addressing in my community are very crucial, this will relief us from thinking about the problems of clean drinking water and its associated effects that have been with us every day and it will give us time to concentrate on other issues that would help to reduce poverty and hunger in my community, on behalf of all the people in my community, we are very thankful for this help.

Learning Observed from the activities

Learning by doing is very effective way of acquiring maintenance skills as participants were able to easily adopt and understand technical aspects of the training's and demonstrated to remember and apply everything well than the convectional classroom training's.

The community arrangement for maintenance of water pumps was very weak. Before the training's the targeted communities were neither able to know where they can source the water pump spare parts (which are very much available in open local markets) even if they had funds to do so, they completely lacked very basic skills of addressing day to day problems of a water pumps and had no appropriate structures to oversee the water pump performance from time to time.

Some of the water pumps were not technically broken whilst been used but were vandalized through theft. These cases would be contributed by poor community organization to monitor and oversee the water pumps effectively and vulnerability of the water pumps to vandalism due to lack of the pump guards (a security bar that is installed on the water pump to control any form of vandalism).

Women and Girls are the most affected when a water pump is not working, they fail to participate in productive activities that would provide income security to the households at large (since culturally in Kumponda community most men are not very responsible in supporting families on day to day basis). This project has maintained 4 water pumps saved the time that women waste in fetching for clean drinking water by 60 percent.

 

 

PROGRAM MONITORING AND ANALYSIS 

There have been very measurable strides in attaining the project targets which includes the following;

  • Successful completion of the 2 and half Months practical field training's of 18 local mechanics in water pump maintenance/repair and rehabilitation.
  • Successful completion in the maintenance of 4 water which are currently supplying clean drinking water to more than 5720 people in Kumponda community; sub-village headmen, Kumponda, zwanya, kamwendo and chiwalo.

Japan water forum fund 

To be added soon

AfWA/USAID Non revenue water management and improved governance Project

To be added soon

CURRENT NEWS

One of the most biggest challenge in Malawi is access to clean water, this problem has compromised the health of many people especially affecting those in rural areas and highly populated areas of cities.

Giving clean water to these people is a permanent solutions to many water, sanitation and hygiene related problems.

Water, sanitation and hygiene projects in communities have led to a decline in the out break of highly contagious diseases like Cholera and improved the health of the biggest number of people especially the youths who makes the highest population composition of Malawi.


Income Generating Project

AfES in partnership with the Embassy of the United States has engaged in implementing an income generating project for Mpangama Women Association in Makanjira Mangochi district. The project will train the women of Mpangama in puff making, p-nut batter making and entrepreneurship.

 

Her Excellency Virginia Pulmer  the USA Ambassador to Malawi and our Executive Director Mr. Daniel Mwakameka signing the project grant agreement in Lilongwe on 18th August 2015.

The project is expected to create jobs and improve the income security of more than 2000 women of Mpangama community.

Kumponda Community WASH Project

Action for Environmental Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Vibrant Village Foundation has partnerd with Group Village Headman Kumponda in Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni in Blantyre District to embark on promoting water,sanitation and hygiene in 4 sub-communities of Kamwendo,Mzwanya, Chiwalo/Maluwa and Kumponda.

 

The project will maintain 4 mal-functioning water pumps, train 18 local mechanics and establish a sanitation and hygiene promotion group that will work as ambassadors in the community.  

Misuku Hills Improved livelihood and Biodiveristy Conservation Project

Action for Environment Sustainability (AFES) in partnership with Misuku Bee Keepers Association and with funding from CEPF is working on conservation of Misuku Hills since July 2014. 

Conservation activities

In collaboration with the deapartment of forest, the project has trained 7 Village Forest Areas (VFAs) namely Lupalang’ombe Kapiyira, Mwenga, Nangalamu, Chipala, Arthur and Chiwi which are currently . The project has also  strengthened the capacity of  7 Village Natural Resources Management Committees (VNRMCs) and planted about 50,000 indidginious and exotic trees during the tree planting season in 2015. This initiative has impacted a total land of about 1144 hectors inside and out side the forest reserve.

Awareness Activities

Action for Environmental Sustainability (AfES) and Misuku Beekeepers Association (MBA) is raising awareness of the need for conservation among community members in and around the Wlindi-Matip and Mughese forest reserves in Malawi.

Traditional dances and songs used in awareness event

Village savings and Loans (VSL)

AfES & MBA have also established a village savings and loan (VSL)/Community Bank system to support the sustainable use of natural resources; 20 VSL groups with more than 350 community members have been established in 41 communities around the reserve.

Women of a village savings and loan bank posing for a photo