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Water, the most precious asset

2019.04.03 //

The Barceló Foundation and Active Africa build 12 wells to guarantee access to drinking water for 824 families in the Benga area.

Belonging to the district of Nkhotakota and located 7 kilometers from Lake Malawi, it is one of the poorest areas of the country. It is inhabited by 120,000 people and 94% of them are farmers. But the shortage of rainfall means that most farmers and their families suffer a major famine.

For this reason, the Foundation has contributed more than 30,000 euros to drill 12 wells between 20 and 40 meters deep and thus ensure the access of 12 communities in the area to drinking water, both for human consumption and hygiene as well as for irrigation of your crops. Women and girls have been the main beneficiaries since, by significantly reducing displacements to collect water, they can now allocate that time to their education and literacy.

From now on, the wells will be managed by the communities themselves. In each one of them a committee has been designated, formed by 3 people who will be in charge of ensuring its maintenance and good use.

Nowadays, all the wells are working at full capacity, which has already improved the health and hygiene conditions of more than 5,000 people, of whom 50% are children under 15 years of age.