Without leaders on the ground and in local, district, and national governments championing water services for Everyone Forever, the wells and pumps don’t mean much.
When they break, who will fix them? How will repairs be paid for? Who will promote behavior change so the new, safe water services are actually used? How can these systems be resilient in the face of climate change?
Enter Chrispin Songola.
Chrispin is the District Water Development Officer in Chikwawa District, Malawi – one of the most resource-scarce districts where Water For People works. Chrispin’s role makes him one of the key players in the work we support in Malawi. In fact, leaders like Chrispin are prerequisites to a district passing our Sustainable Services Checklist – the list of requirements we look for before calling our work in any district complete. As service authorities like Chrispin’s office become more established, they gradually need Water For People’s support less and less – allowing us to complete our work confidently knowing water services are held in capable hands – Forever.
“The job of our office is to ensure we reach out into the communities, helping them to access water as stipulated in our national water policy,” Chrispin says. “We work hand in hand with Water For People.”