On the 5th June 2017 the Pump Aid team in Malawi were lucky enough to be invited to a celebration to honour the Queen’s Birthday hosted by the British High Commissioner in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Our Country Director Tiyese Zumu-Mwale attended the event with another very special guest, his daughter 11 year old Zahira who was absolutely delighted to mingle with the delegates. At the event Tiyese introduced Pump Aid’s work to the British High Commissioner herself, Holly Tett, who had recently taken up the position in January 2017.
During the celebrations Ms Tett made a speech about re-visiting existing aid approaches in light of the new Sustainable Development Goals. We were humbled when Ms Tett named Pump Aid as one of the British Organisations promoting new approaches in contributing to the alleviation of poverty in Malawi.
Our latest project, Self-supply uses an innovative approach to alleviate poverty in some of Malawi’s hardest to reach communities. Pump Aid supports small businesses to fix and sell water pumps to sell within their own communities. By treating individuals as customers rather than beneficiaries we are ensuring self-dependency and sustainability.
Our pilot project has already shown astonishing results and after just 2 years 25 WASH entrepreneurs, now trained in well digging, building and maintenance have delivered clean, safe water to 21,614 people.
We are delighted that this project been recognised by the British High Commissioner and is making such an impact on peoples’ lives.
This year Pump Aid was presented with the International Aid and Development Award by the UK Charity Awards, and we are continuing our efforts to challenge the way charities operate in foreign countries. It is our goal to improve WASH facilities for over 225,000 rural Malawians over the next 5 years. Creating stable structures to address non-functionality of water points and supporting Malawi to achieve it’s 2030 Sustainable Development goals.