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Update on our Comic Relief Urban WASH Programme

Posted on: August 16, 2017
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Recently Comic Relief visited our urban programme for the first time to see the sites and meet our entrepreneurs. We’re pleased to share with you their feedback from their report.

Our Comic Relief supported urban programme began in September 2015 and encourages local entrepreneurs to develop waste disposal and recycling businesses and promote the sale of water filters and other water improvement products in the informal settlements around Blantyre and Lilongwe. Recently the Comic Relief team carried out an assessment of the programme and visited our Malawi head office, sites of the project and met the entrepreneurs and their customers.

This was the first time Comic Relief had seen our work on the ground and the visit could not have gone better.

The assessor was very pleased with what she saw and her report was very favourable, as this extract shows: “Overall, based on the meetings, document reviews and direct observations from the visit, the project is innovative (especially its business approach), much-needed and is well-managed by a competent and committed team at Pump Aid Malawi.

I was especially impressed by the Project Manager (Eva Phiri), she clearly knows the project inside-out, has good technical knowledge of the issues being addressed and understands the context in which the project is being delivered. She is also well-respected by partners and stakeholders. More broadly, Pump Aid Malawi is clearly a supportive partner to LUPPEN, AYISE and WASTE and the partners appear to work well together, support one another and address challenges in an open and collective manner.”

We are continuing to work closely with Blantyre and Lilongwe City Councils, so that they can provide ongoing support to this project and our entrepreneurs once Comic Relief’s involvement comes to an end.

To read more about this programme visit our project page here.