A grant of £1070 to support the rehabilitation of 5 boreholes in Chingaru, Blantyre, as part of the ‘Safe Water for Empowering Communities’ project.
Happy Tembo, Manager of Patient Support Association described the project as aiming to benefit approximately 1250 households with access to clean, safe water. This project was completed at the beginning of July and instead of 5 boreholes being fixed a total of 9 have been fully rehabilitated and are working perfectly. PSA, together with the community stakeholders, believe that the communities assisted will have improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), thus meeting goal number 6 (Clean water & sanitation) of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). Speaking during exit meeting, the Chief Chigaru of the Traditional Authority, expressed gratitude towards PSA and the funding from FOMA, “I am full of happiness as you came and assisted us accordingly. We had a lot of malfunctioning boreholes which you supported thus easing the safe water problems that we had.
A grant of £1000 to support the purchase of construction materials to build new pit latrines at Balaka Hospital.
Happy Tembo, Manager with Patients Support Association (PSA) described the project which was called ‘Our Toilet Our Pride’ at Balaka District hospital. The aims were to instil dignity and promote better sanitation/hygiene practices in the guardians’ shelter through the construction of two pit latrines.
Once the works were completed an official handover ceremony took place with the District Commissioner for Balaka as Guest of Honour. In his speech, the DC thanked PSA and FOMA for the efforts made to have the hospital assisted with this facility – the pit latrines were thereafter handed over and are now in use.