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Beyond Water: Innovate UK supports pioneering approach to household and irrigation water supplies in rural Malawi

Beyond Water is thrilled to be working in partnership with Challenges Group and insider outsider design consultancy and with funding from Innovate UK’s Global Challenge Research Fund, to deepen our understanding of Beyond Water customers and the markets for household and irrigation pumps in rural Malawi. Beyond Water is unique in Malawi in that it aims to develop markets and financial profitability for low cost water products and services in poor rural communities, as a means to improving health and food security. The aim of the work supported by Innovate UK is to help Beyond Water scale up its market […]

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Reflections from a supporter’s Pump Aid visit to Malawi

Having supported Pump Aid for several years it was a privilege in March 2020, on the back of a family trip to Malawi, to see for myself some of the work they have been doing.  Hosted by Chikondi, Arlington, and Hendie we fitted a lot into our 2 day visit in the Mchinji District to the west of Malawi, on the Zambian border. Here we were away from the more touristic spots that we had already visited.  So by this time we were starting to know a little about Malawi.  We had experienced a warm welcome, seen some wonderful scenery […]

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COVID-19 Update

The first cases of COVID-19 were announced in Malawi on the 2nd April. The Government has made efforts to prepare the country by suspending gatherings of more than 100 people, closing primary and secondary schools and seeking to train health workers in how to deal with the virus. However, Malawi has a very weak health infrastructure, a severe shortage of medical resources for treatment and only 27 ICU beds for a population of 18 million. So the current focus is on prevention: the promotion of good hygiene, handwashing and social distancing. In addition to government efforts NGOs such as Pump […]

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Our Impact in 2019

In 2019 we continued to empower people in rural Malawi to thrive. We helped children to flourish with increased life chances, entrepreneurs to develop profitable small businesses and households, farmers and communities to gain convenient access to reliable sources of water.   • Generating livelihoods, resilience and opportunities • Improving sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene • Encouraging independence and self-reliance • Ending aid dependency for good   In this 2019 Impact Summary, we show the huge impact of our work providing opportunities for children, communities and entrepreneurs in Malawi to have access to water and sanitation, lift themselves […]

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Thirsty Planet and Pump Aid: A partnership for innovation and sustainability…

Thirsty Planet. One of the UK’s most successful charity water brands, dedicated to encouraging positive action through drinking well and doing good. A donation is made with every bottle sold; inspiring the power of positive drinking. Pump Aid. The award-winning British charity that’s brought improved water, sanitation and hygiene to over 1.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. On World Water Day in 2007, a partnership was established between Thirsty Planet, sister brand to Harrogate Spring Water and Pump Aid, the British water, sanitation and hygiene charity. To date, Thirsty Planet has raised a phenomenal £2.3m for Pump Aid, supporting thousands […]

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COVID-19 and Malawi

Pump Aid is preparing to deal with the potential impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Malawi. The wellbeing of our staff and the communities we work with are foremost in our plans. We are following advice of government and health agencies. Pumps Aid’s expertise is water, sanitation and hygiene, so our focus is supporting the communities we work with to ensure safe water and sanitation facilities are available for all and hygiene behaviours are promoted. HAND WASHING is vital in controlling the virus. Rural communities in Malawi face multiple health challenges. There is a severe shortage of medical resources to treat […]

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The Elephant Pump

The same Elephant Pump that launched our work in 1998, continues to be a core part of our rural water supply project at Pump Aid today. Our trusty Elephant Pump is based on a traditional rope and washer pump which was first used in China 2,000 years ago. This pump is ideal for the small and remote villages we work in which are excluded from larger projects due to their small size. The Elephant Pump is cheap to build, easy to install and uses local materials. How does the Elephant Pump work? The Elephant Pump sits above a well, which […]

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