Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Lack of Fresh Water
Most of the villages in Northern Malawi lack clean potable water from a fresh, reliable source. This is why 1 our of 5 children die before the age of 5 from preventable, waterborne diseases.
Contaminated water typically is collected from stale ponds and muddy streams.
During the rainy season in Malawi, surface water can be collected from mud holes.
Women(not men)often have to walk miles to collect clean water from the nearest well, and carry heavy containers on their heads back to their own village.
Remote villages without wells require 4x4 vehicles to visit, which we borrowed from the Presbyterian Women's Guild in Mzuzu.