At the school for Visually Impaired in Ekwendeni (about 20km North of Mzuzu) the SMART Centre has recently installed a water system and constructed a wash basin. The project has been carried out in cooperation with the GZB and Cypressa.
The school now has a borehole and storage tank which will help to reduce the cost of running the school. The SMART Centre will also install solar panels to be able to pump water during blackouts.
To increase the hygiene situation at the school a washbasin has been constructed by Mr. Gondwe and Helbert Makonda, two of the entrepeneurs trained by the SMART Centre. The washbasin by the children to wash their clothes and to wash their dishes after the school lunch.
Reinier VeldmanOpening of water system at Blindschool, Ekwendeni
The rainy season in Malawi has lead to an increase in the cases of cholera in the past years. Recently there have been ongoing outbreaks of cholera Karonga, one of the Northern districts of Malawi which have taken lives.
As a response to the outbreaks the SMART Centre has distributed 100 Tulip Siphon filters to households in affected areas reaching an estimated 600 people. Before the distribution local staff of the CCAP Development Department together with government health officials were trained on the use and maintenance of filters.
After six months the SMART Centre will conduct follow-up visits to assess the usage and to draw lessons for future distributions.
Reinier VeldmanThe SMART Centre involved in Cholera response through water filter distribution
Recently Robin Rosendahl, a student from Wageningen University conducted a research at the SMART Centre on the income effects of Rope pumps. As part of his research Robin visited 22 Rope pumps in and around Mzuzu.
Through the research it was found that, on average, the families increase their annual income with $180,- through the purchase and use of a Rope pump. This outcome further strengthens the case for the Rope pump and Self-supply.
The SMART Centre is involved in a Self-supply project Water for People is managing in Rumphi area.
In August 2015 the SMART Centre trained a group of 10 new drillers in the manual drilling and the SMART Centre will follow-up their progress throughout the project as well as assisting Water for People in the procurement and distribution of quality supplies for their project.
The first results show a motivated group of drillers that have great potential of growing into independant, profit making businesses providing the communities of Malawi with clean and safe water.