Water For People-Malawi is an award-winning development organization that works to build a Malawi where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water or sanitation-related disease. Water For People-Malawi has grown from implementing small projects in widespread areas to concentrated efforts in a few targeted regions, namely rural areas of Rumphi, Chikhwawa, and peri-urban Blantyre, that strive toward sustainable outcomes. We engage with the local community, private sector, local government, and civil society to build resilient water and sanitation systems that function for the long term, without the need for external support.

Water For People-Malawi strongly believes that the greatest challenge to achieving full and lasting water and sanitation for Everyone is not necessarily the lack of finance or technology, but rather the ‘tried and tested’ approaches that go unquestioned, yet have consistently proven unsustainable or have failed to have impact on a larger scale. Thus the results have been wasted investments and failed systems that don’t last, and perpetuate the very cycle of water poverty that those investments and systems set out to break.

Water For People-Malawi works differently. We believe that software solutions, i.e. capacity building of service providers like pit emptiers in Blantyre, institutional arrangements like Water User Associations, system finance like the AtWhatCost life cycle costing work in Rumphi and Chikhwawa, annual monitoring, and governance and accountability, are not secondary to hardware solutions, but are actually complementary to long-term success. As such, a key operational activity for Water For People is facilitating and fostering a well-functioning support environment that provides the framework for water and sanitation entrepreneurship to thrive. We believe this approach will enable a future of resilient communities, vibrant economies, and healthy families.

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    The 7th Rural Water Supply Network Conference in Abidjan Happened & We Were There!

    “The issue isn’t technology - the issue is how do we encourage a government culture that values and uses data for decision making. More technology won’t make that happen.” ~ thoughts shared by Muthi Nhlema (in pic below), our Monitoring Specialist from Malawi, during a Q&A session at the 7th RWSN Forum in Abidjan.

    Check out Muthi’s abstract entitled “Bigger Data” at the conference website and let us know what you think.

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  • “Climate Justice: Water Is Life” album is now on iTunes!

    The music for our upcoming community radio series about ground water conservation is now online. Follow the link and enjoy:

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  • WUAs are doing it for themselves!

    A Water Users Association (WUA) is a community-run social enterprise that is mandated by law to operate, manage and maintain a network of communal water kiosks in specific areas of Malawi. With proper oversight and prudent financial management, it was hoped WUAs would collect, save and apportion tariff to extending their water supply services to unserved populations without external aid from NGOs or government. That was the theory – now it is fact!

    One of our Water Users Associations in Blantyre (Mitsidi WUA) has just finished constructing 8 new water kiosks using their own money! This new infrastructure will help reach 5280 new water users with clean safe drinking water.

    Reaching Everyone with safe drinking water is a collaborative effort - we can’t do it alone. Everyone must pitch in! With this kind of investment, Reaching Everyone in Blantyre will become a reality. Malawi kiosks

  • We’re Going Musical!

    Check out this beautiful artwork for an upcoming music album we are supporting that will help educate the rural massess of the benefits of groundwater management and conservation. Look out for the music coming soon to all major online outlets!

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  • It’s A Family Thing!

    These triplets are keeping it in the family by being sanitation champions at their primary school in Blantyre. These are some of the young people we work with who are making Everyone Forever happen in Malawi.

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  • Check out the media coverage for the Global Handwashing Day Parade.

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  • This was how we celebrated Global Handwashing Day on 19th October. How did you celebrate #GlobalHandwashingDay?

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  • Briquettes: Extending the Sanitation Value Chain

    Check out some cool stuff our Sanitation Innovation Team is testing. These are briquettes made from waste. They burn longer than normal charcoal which means they are friendly to the environment and your pocket! briquettes malawi1

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  • A Water Users Association stands up to Public Utility Company in Blantyre

    For the last 3 years, Water For People, in partnership with local civil society, has been working to instill confidence in and build the capacity of community-run social enterprises, called Water Users Associations (WUAs), to effectively provide water services to peri-urban households in the city of Blantyre.

    In a rare case, one of those WUAs held the public utility company, Blantyre Water Board, accountable for the irregular water supply. Follow the link below for the full story.

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  • Building Climate Resilient Communities


    As climate change becomes a stark reality and a real threat to rural livelihoods, Water For People Malawi, in close collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, have been working together to help build the climate resilience of rural communities through long-term water resources management practices. Find out how we are doing so far by checking out this youtube video: Embedded content:

  • A Day in the Life of a Pit Latrine Emptier

    ### A Broken Toilets blog about what a typical day is like for a pit emptier in Blantyre (not for the squeamish).

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  • Keeping the Taps Running

    Reaching Everyone with clean water is the easy part. Keeping that water running forever, against all odds, is what keeps us up at night. The article illustrates just one challenge which our partner, Blantyre Water Board, has to deal with.

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  • Creating young champions for better hygiene

    Her name is Lennie and she is 11 years old. She is a school girl in her final year of primary education and she is also one of our most vibrant advocates for better hygiene in our school water and sanitation programme in Blantyre city.

    This is one of the many voices driving Everyone Forever in Malawi.

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  • An article that highlights how we are dealing with the groundwater salinity problem in rural Malawi.

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