Corinne Bailey Rae is broadcasting the work we do in pre-schools in Malawi on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal. Listen in on Sunday the 8th of January at 7.54am and 9.26pm, as well as on the Thursday 12th of January at 3.27pm.
Twelve children under the age of 5 in Malawi die every from diarrhoea caused by unsafe drinking water. Many more suffer from chronic malnutrition, which affects children for the rest of their lives.
Pump Aid improves the life chances of some of the world’s poorest children by ensuring that pre-schools have child-friendly toilets and clean water. This not only keeps children healthy, but also increases the time children are able to spend in school.
There are currently almost 9,000 pre-schools in Malawi, so-called Community Based Childcare Centres (CBCCs), which aim to improve childhood survival and support healthy growth. However, 75% of all pre-schools do not have access to safe water and toilets which exposes children to waterborne-diseases.
Pump Aid installs water pumps and child friendly gender segregated toilets to provide clean water and safe sanitation. We train children, caregivers and parents to change their hygiene behaviours. Pump Aid has also introduced kitchen gardens at CBCC’s to grow vegetables and other foods which will improve the nutrition of children.
With your support this project will directly benefit:
>500 children attending the CBCCs
>20 caregivers working at the CBCCs
>1,000 parents of children attending CBCCs
>1,500 siblings of children attending CBCCs
A donation will not only support children attending preschools now, but it will support generations of children who will attend in the future.
Please set a reminder in your diary to listen to our appeal on Sunday the 8th of January at 7.54am and 9.26pm.
To read more about our CBCC programme, please visit our project page.