2020 was a year like no other but, despite the challenges that COVID-19 inflicted on the world, Pump Aid continued to deliver its award-winning work and provided hundreds of thousands of people in rural Malawi with life-changing access to clean, safe water and gave them and their communities the opportunity to thrive.
We supported our network of independent pump mechanics businesses to repair and maintain over 900 community water points, provided over 1,000 households with the opportunity to invest in their own convenient water pumps and gave over 2,000 farmers the chance to access year-round irrigation.
Read more about our work supporting children, communities, pump mechanics, households and small-scale farmers in rural Malawi to flourish here
Restoring access to clean water: establishing businesses, livelihoods and jobs, and providing people in rural Malawi with reliable water access
Our network of 64 entrepreneurs, trained and skilled in pump repair and maintenance, have all developed successful businesses and at least doubled their income. In the past year, these trained pump mechanics have restored water points and provided over 200,000 people with access to reliable, safe water.
More than 40,000 householders benefited from improved water access through investing in pumps and wells: convenience, reducing distances to walk for water and better health for all.
In addition, more than 2,000 farmers invested in their own low-cost easy-to-use irrigation pump: no longer dependent on sporadic rainfall, up to three flourishing harvests a year and improved food security for Malawi.
Better life chances for children under 5: reducing stunted growth and allowing children to reach their potentials
Over 6,000 children aged 5 and under are thriving at pre-schools with access to clean, safe water, sanitation, hygiene behaviour education and nutritious meals using crops grown in kitchen gardens.
No longer suffering from high rates of stunting and diarrhoea, children can instead attend school and reach their potentials: significantly improving their life chances.
Continuing to build back better in 2021
Pump Aid ended last year as a more confident and focussed organisation and we are feeling both optimistic and enthusiastic for the year ahead.
We have developed a new 5-year strategy that will see us expand our pump sales and maintenance programmes, delivering long-term benefit to communities across Malawi, and we have begun to implement our water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition programmes in the next group of pre-schools for children under 5.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us and there is so much more we can and will do.