NEWS | CHARITY
By Japhet Mpama
High cases of cholera, and diarrhea arising from dearth of potable water in Traditional Authority Chilikumwendo in Dedza are likely to be minimized courtesy of multi-million water borehole construction project, Wishing Wells Society has embarked on in the area recently.
Wishing Wells Society (WWS), a Canadian based organization embarked on the said journey upon noting the long distances people from this area used to cover to access potable water. Such a challenge, according to WWS, and local leaders, led to an influx of cholera, and diarrhea to the affected people.
Speaking in an interview during the handover ceremony of one of the boreholes at Mdeza primary school recently, WWS Project coordinator, Charles Kapitapita, said the organization decided to drill the boreholes to address the issue of hygiene and sanitation that terrorized Chilikumwendo’s area.
“We decided to construct boreholes in order to provide safe and clean water to communities in Dedza district after noting that the area has few boreholes and people were finding it difficult to access potable water.
“As an organization, we are encouraging people to practice hygiene as way of avoiding waterborne diseases because we believe that sanitation is paramount in the life of the human being,” said Kapitapita.
Kapitapita disclosed that plans are at the advanced stage to construct a multi-million solar water project in T/A Chilikumwendo’s area in Dedza district in order to reach many people with potable water.
He advised the communities to take care of the newly constructed boreholes so they can prevent accidents that comes though floods and among others
Commenting on the project, T/A Chilikumwendo said the project has come at a right time because people were drinking untreated water from the rivers and dams which was putting their lives on danger of contracting waterborne diseases such as cholera.
“There were many cases of cholera and diarrhea before the construction of boreholes in my area as people were drinking untreated water from the rivers and dams with animals which was risking their lives.
“My people are appreciating the work of Wishing Wells Society because they have brought potable water which has reduced cases of water-borne diseases,” said Chilikumwendo.
Meanwhile, Chilikumwendo has appealed to people in his area not to vandalize the newly built boreholes because it is cost to maintain them.
Meanwhile, the water project is helping over 18 thousand people from 15 group village headmen under T/A Chilikumwendo’s area of influence.