The country has been among those hit hardest by AIDS in the past several decades. Although it has achieved a number of successes, including lower infection rates and increased treatment, Malawi still has one of the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa, currently 10.8% among people ages 15-49. According to UNAIDS, an estimated 770,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS.
In 2013, Pump Aid installed a pump at Adziwa orphanage to ensure a safe water supply for 120 orphans, many of whom had lost parents to AIDS.
Adziwa is located in Kauma, one of many villages in the country devastated by HIV/AIDS. Located just five kilometres outside of Lilongwe, Kauma is underserved with little infrastructure: unpaved roads, uncollected refuse, unreliable electricity and limited water supplies.
The Pump Aid community pump provides water for a number of critical uses at Adziwa orphanage, including the cooking and cleaning needs of the 23 small homes where vulnerable children and orphans live with caregivers.
Water from the pump, in fact, flows throughout the orphanage and reaches every corner, truly transforming the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Malawi: the orphanage’s primary school which serves more than 400 children from around the community; a community centre used for meetings and infant day care; a small rehabilitation room to care for handicapped children from surrounding communities; and a feeding program which provides porridge to more than 530 children every day. The pump also provides water for growing vegetables, manufacturing charcoal for fuel, and for livestock kept by caregivers, so that the orphanage can be self-sustaining.
The pump has made a measurable difference in a range of ways for the orphanage, which now is able to rely on its own dedicated and protected source of water that helps meet orphans’ and the larger community’s diverse critical needs.