Handover of 20 Boreholes in Mangochi District
Gift of the Givers hosts an official handover ceremony carried out on 28/08/2015 for the 20 boreholes sunk in 20 villages in Mangochi District.
The project was implemented in 2014 with funding from the Government of Japan being the second time upon completion of the first borehole project carried out in Balaka district in 2013.
The 20 boreholes were handed over to the 20 communities by the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Honourable Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. Shuichiro Nishioka, as well as our entire GOTG Malawi team, led by Abdul Gaffar Jakhura.
The function was well attended by all heads of department in Mangochi district including the District Commissioner as well as the District Water Officer and the Member of Parliament for the area. In attendance, were also 200 committee members from all 20 borehole sites which were put in place to help take care of the boreholes in terms of repairs when they are broken down and other relevant tasks.
Both the Minister and the Ambassador thanked Gift of the Givers Foundation for the well-executed project that has changed and improved the well-being of the people in the 20 communities that have benefitted. The communities are amongst those that for the past 50 years have had no chance of accessing clean and potable water.
The beneficiaries spoke highly of the GOTG’s timely intervention in providing clean and potable water through the sinking of 20 boreholes citing the many diseases the communities have suffered for years as a result of drinking and using water from the unprotected sources.
The community leaders, however, requested for more support in sinking of some additional boreholes since the water facilities available are not enough to service a population of more than 100, 000 people who are still using water from unprotected sources in other villages in the district.
As an on-going effort, we intend to provide as many clean and potable water points as possible, through sinking of additional boreholes.