During the month, the number constructed in the villages has been: Belo -29, Bolola – 22, Jombo – 26, Mtsambeux – 20, Msuzi – 34, Chiosya Village – 25 and all completed in Mtsambeux.
We begin Community Based Management training for all Water Point Committees - 17 WPC's who have received boreholes from CCS. We took three people and the chief from each WPC
The training is conducted by an HSA, Community Development Assistant (CDA) and Assistant District Water Development Officer. It consists of teaching the people about basic and routine maintenance of the borehole, financing repairs and protecting the environment around the borehole.
CBM Training –Moves onto practical phase where people are given the opportunity to dismantle the pump and are shown how to replace components etc.
Belo village is the first to report Open Defecation Free status. This is being investigated along with general sanitary conditions. Health Surveillance Assistants have started three days of follow-up visits of triggered villages.
Those people that completed San Plat Construction training last week received certificates.
Waste water is gathering at the outflow of the borehole, creating a potential health risk; a diversion has been constructed into a communal garden where we will plant water hungry plants like sugar cane.
The last two boreholes at Mtsambeu and Chilidje are complete.
The next stage of Community Lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) project continues with pre-drilling training for the latrines.
The planning of the construction of the 7 new boreholes is underway.
Thanks to part of the grant from Misean Cara, it is looking good for 7 new boreholes in Chimteka. Work is underway on the construction of 3 new boreholes.
2008 and earlier
19 Irrigation Pumps (one for each of the 17 villages and 2 to be held at the Centre) were Purchased. The so called ‘Money Maker’ Treadle pumps are very efficient and easy to use hand pumps that can be used to draw water from any water source and be distributed through a pipe over a patch of dry land on which people have planted crops. The local Agricultural Offices delivered the pumps, together with seeds for Maize, Beans, Onions and Tomatoes and gave a free 3 day training workshop in which they visited each village and demonstrated the proper use and maintenance of the pumps. Each village Chief keeps the pump at his house and villagers borrow it in turn. The Chief is ultimately responsible for keeping it in good working condition.