Malawi Water for PeopleAround the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people, mostly children, die from water-related illnesses.

Water for People is one of the organizations that help people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources.

Water for People has projects in 11 countries including Malawi, my home country. Interestingly, they are in Rumphi, my home district, where they have recently introduced a very innovative merry-go-round PlayPump at one of the schools.

Ned Breslin, the CEO of Water for People says

While children have fun spinning on the PlayPump merry-go-round, clean water is pumped from underground into a 2,500-liter tank, standing seven meters above the ground.

A simple tap makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole.

The water storage tank provides a rare opportunity to advertise in outlaying communities. All four sides of the tank are leased as billboards, with two sides for consumer advertising and the other two sides for health and educational messages. The revenue generated by this unique model pays for pump maintenance.

A simple tap makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole.

I am very grateful to Water for People for the great work that they are doing in my home area. I am already trying to get involved in order to see these PlayPumps installed in many other parts of the country.

Another observation is that the excess water that is currently being diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole can be used for small scale irrigation.i.e. for growing vegetables.

Those who want to get involved in these kinds of projects can check the Water for People website. You can help even by just spreading the word about Water for People on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.