|Funded by||Simavi, Water For People, Plan Canada and UNICEF|
Despite large investments in the water supply sector to date, access to safe drinking water is still a problem due to frequent breakdown, unavailability of spare parts and lack of trained water committees to maintain and repair the systems. The cumulative effect of these problems is that 38% of existing water facilities are not functioning. Other problems include the degradation of water resources, inadequate financing, increasing water demand as a result of increasing population, insufficient institutional capacity, climate change, inadequate mitigation measures for water related disasters and inadequate promotion of hygiene and sanitation. Commercial utilities are unable to supply sufficient quantities of good quality water to urban areas because of rapid, unplanned growth. Peri-urban slum areas also suffer from lack of land tenure, so the government is reluctant to provide water and sanitation services to these areas.
This prompted HVP to provide 10 boreholes and rehabilitated 30 boreholes in 5 villages of group village headman Ntenje in T/A Machinjiri in Blantyre District. This was with funding from Water For People. Hygiene Village Project has also provided boreholes at 5 schools in Blantyre rural with funding from Simavi.
With funding from UNICEF Hygiene Village Project has drilled 14 boreholes and rehabilitated 20 boreholes in TAs Chowe and Namabvi in Mangochi District. Hygiene Village Project has also provided boreholes at 5 schools in Blantyre rural with funding from Simavi.With funding from Plan International - Canada, Hygiene Village Project has drilled 7 boreholes at 5 primary schools in TA Mwadzama in Nkhotakoota District. Other related activities include training of Area Mechanics and WPCs in Community Based Management and borehole maintenance.