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Water is life, so goes the saying – when you have clean water, pleasure is yours and this is the reason why simile is all over among people from Thambwe, Dowa Turn-off in Chibvala Agricultural Extension Planning Area as a MWK60 million RHEMA piped water project in this area is to commence soon.

Dowa Turn off people to enjoy piped water

Speaking to Afriem on Saturday morning at Dowa Turn-off, Executive director for RHEMA Institute for Development Innocent Semu said his organization has taken this initiative of reaching out to people who are experiencing water challenges in selected areas with an aim of easing the water challenges.

Happy women welcoming RHEMA officials at Thambwe

Semu further said the MWK60 million water plant project intends to benefit over 100 000 people in this area with clean water which will be accessed by every household at a low cost prepayment mode.

“We have set aside the whole MWK60 million amount for this project which is already available to make sure that the planting of this water plant be finalized this year and our coming here today is to have an interface with the locals and government officials so that we can identify government land as well as survey a water source where this plant can be planted.” The executive director narrated.

Government officials preparing to do survey for water source

It was also emphasized by Semu that his organization also engaged Central Region Water Board which has exclusive water rights in this area and that this parastatal already gave them a go ahead with their project as they have no any plans to extend their provision of piped water to this area for now.

Group Village Headman Thambwe of this area of Traditional Authority Mkukula expressed his gratitudes for the project saying it will go a long way in eradicating water problems his subjects have been experiencing all along.

Part of women who experience water challenges

“Our wives spend 2-3 hours down the river there fetching water and they come back very tired that they fail to execute other activities that may develop our households and with this clean water coming at our disposal, surely I am very grateful for this and I support this project wholeheartedly.” GVH Thambwe said.

Government officials from the department of water at Dowa district did their survey and identified a place where this water plant will be planted before end of this year.

The project will see people having water taps in their homes and they will be asked to pay a little amount that will be used for some maintance activities for sustainability of the project.

RHEMA Institute for Development does alot of activities ranging from Agriculture, Social services to education services and currently it is carrying our it’s activities mostly in Dowa and Lilongwe.

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