Linley Manda, 30, remembers the night of March 9, 2019 like it was yesterday. She was woken up at 12am by heavy rains at her home in Nsanje district. She saw water entering her house and quickly rising. She started to scream and woke up her children with her husband. The children were crying and shouting for help. They fled to a nearby school for safety, away from the rising waters.
Mphunzi Primary School is in Mphunzi village, in a remote part of Dedza. In the rainy season, the weather is cool and is surrounded by green hills with breathtaking scenery. Despite the beauty students see on a daily basis, the school’s isolation has left it without access to clean water for years.
The winding road to Chimpololo Village in Kasungu District can easily mislead someone as to what they will see. The meandering earth road through markets and a primary school is a busy site, but one thing that stands out in this community is how clean it is and the community members are still basking in the glory of its open defecation free status.
In Malawi the national school drop-out rate hovers around 10.5% due due to reasons which include long distances from home to school forcing children to stay home; poverty as well as unfriendly school environments including lack of class room infrastructure. For adolescent girls, their reasons for dropping out of school are compounded by the lack of dignified sanitation facilities
By Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi Aerial image of area 23, one of the populous townships in Lilongwe © UNICEF Malawi/2018/Moving Minds Multimedia Everything is carefully done. Clinicians put on their gloves, masks, protective coats and boots as they prepare to attend to patients in a cholera treatment camp at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe. The camp … Continue reading Drones for cholera response: innovating for children in Malawi
Alice Mwale, a student at Thundwe Primary School in Mzimba, comes out of a sanitary facility and uses the hand washing facilities. © UNICEF Malawi/2012/Anthony Asael By Paulos Workneh,Chief of WASH UNICEF Malawi We do not need expensive supplies or high-tech treatments to prevent diseases and save the lives of children. Despite this, an unacceptably … Continue reading Handwashing in Malawi: Our Hands, Our Future
“We were drinking contaminated water,” says Caroline © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Joseph Scott Joseph Scott, UNICEF Malawi Kibwe village lies along the sprawling marshes that are a host to small irregular plots of rice fields in Karonga. During the rainy season the marshes are a hive of activity as local farmers work to capitalize on the seasonal … Continue reading How one village is putting an end to water woes
Lucy collects water from a tap at her school, connected to a solar powered water pump © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Eldson Chagara By Andrew Brown, UNICEF Malawi Following a good harvest this year, Malawi’s hunger crisis has eased for the time being. But it’s only a matter of time before the next drought or flood. This series … Continue reading Stories of resilience: Solar power keeps the water flowing for school, villages
A child walks out of a toilet block in a village in Nsanje district © UNICEF Malawi/2012 By Doreen Matonga Located right at the Nsolo border with Mozambique, Billy village is abuzz with business activities. The long winding road has all manner of people both young and old coming in and out of the two … Continue reading Billy village: setting a good example in sanitation
Charity Kalibwanji from Muonekera Primary School says before UNICEF installed a solar powered borehole at her school, she used to miss lessons to seek for water. © UNICEF Malawi/2017/Gregory Gondwe The local saying ‘children are the future leaders’ is out of date. At least this is the case going by the stand taken by youths … Continue reading The youths who make water management their business