Water, Sanitation & Environment in Malawi
Having increased access to water is crucial not only to decreasing disease, but also to empowering women.
The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Women too often bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. By reducing the distance women must go to fetch water they are thus allowed more time for their own financial or personal pursuits, improving the quality of life for entire families and communities.
All epicenters in Malawi have access to clean water. There are a total of 126 villages with functioning boreholes among the epicenters, and there are an average of 20 functioning wells per epicenter area. Thirty-five of these water sources are either new or improved due to The Hunger Project.
On average there are five latrines available in each epicenter and an average of two waste disposal facilities per epicenter as well. Having the proper infrastructure to deal with waste in a sanitary way greatly reduces the risk of disease.
All of the epicenters are engaged in reforestation activities and among the epicenters; each with at least one woodlot, there is a total of 10 woodlots with an average acreage of 0.75. Planting trees not only helps the environment and the long-term climate resilience of the epicenter areas, but also provides a source of wood nearby, so that women do not need to travel as far to gather wood for cooking.