Bringing Clean Water to the Community
In rural Africa, 19% of women spend more than one hour on each trip to fetch water, an exhausting and often dangerous chore that robs them of the chance to work and learn. Dirty water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene habits play a major role in child mortality.
In order to combat these challenges, Malaika partnered with Voss Foundation and the ‘Give a Drop’ collaboration between Project Clean Water (founded by recording artist Jewel) and Virgin United to build a well for the School. Upon completion, it served as the only clean water well in the village. Through a continuation of the partnership with Voss Foundation, we were able to build ten more wells for the community.
In addition, a twelth well, funded by Vinmart Foundation, was built at our Community Center, and a thirteenth well, funded by a private donor, was built in Kalebuka. In summer of 2019 and winter of 2020 we drilled three new wells! Malaika has also refurbished four existing wells, bringing them back into clean and working order.
Having access to clean water in the village has helped decrease the number of cases of cholera, diarrhea and other illnesses. Our twenty wells have a direct and beneficial impact on over 30,000 people a year!
The vast majority of water collection is done by women and children. Accessible water can often be miles away, with one in seven people lacking access to water. This forces children to miss school and prevents women from working, while they spend their time walking vast distances carrying heavy buckets or jerry cans.
A cleaner, lighter and more efficient alternative is Pack H2O, created by Grief Inc. Stars Foundation generously donated 10,000 of these packs to Malaika. The water backpacks are durable, self-sanitizing, and they help to evenly distribute up to 40 lbs. of water, so that travel is easier and faster. After women and children in Haiti and Kenya tried the packs, 100% of them reported that they found them comfortable and wanted to buy them.
One pack will help a family of four in Kalebuka. This small item will change the lives of 40,000 people, making clean drinking water a basic human right, available to all.
My name is Chouchou Bakona and I have eight children. At the beginning, we drew water in small shallow water wells. My children were always sick, but since I’ve drawn water at the Malaika wells, my children do not get sick anymore.
My name is Lutula and I am a mother of seven children here in Kalebuka. We had no drinking water and to get water we had to walk kilometers away, but thanks to Malaika I can now draw water near my house. This water is clean to drink and cook with.
My name is Kabongo and I have eight children. The water well has changed a lot in Kalebuka. We do not have taps but can now get water thanks to the wells. Our children do not get sick like before because we drink clean water now.