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Matsimbe Project

Posted by Steve Hall on April 7

Our implementing partner, Freshwater Project International (FPI), drilled a borehole well with a hand pump and drainage apron and constructed new VIP latrines at Matsimbe Primary School. The water point serves the school as well as the surrounding community in Lilongwe, Malawi.

With design supervision by FPI, the construction work was subcontracted to King Mulima Construction who did a superb job constructing the latrines. As of now, all the construction work is complete and the latrines and well are ready to be used.

Observations from the inspection by FPI:
During the visit, I was joined by Mr. Mulima, the owner of the construction company hired to construct the VIP latrines. I was also joined by all of the stakeholders involved in the planning and construction of the latrines (i.e School Committee, Senior Chief and teachers). The stakeholders were overwhelmed with joy and were very happy with the outcome. The headteacher said, “The community could not imagine even in their dreams that Matsimbe school would have latrines like these, which are better than the houses they live in and they could even sleep in the new latrines. The latrines will help in keeping learners, especially girls, in school as these latrines are well constructed and will offer security, privacy and dignity to the girl child when using them.”

The school board of governance said that FPI has done a commendable job in constructing these latrines and the community is very thankful and grateful also for the borehole drilled for the school. The project was completed according to plan, and although done within a short amount of time, as we were against rains, we observed that the construction company more than delivered on quality.

This WASH intervention will tremendously ease the burden the school had in terms of access to water and hygiene facilities. Matsimbe is currently closed due to Covid-19, but will be opening back up soon. Official handover of the latrines and well should be done within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you to Sisters4Water for supporting this project!

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