By: Vincent Gunde
The Mineral and Appropriate Technology Applicable in Malawi ( MATAMA), has said it has completed 80% of the Key Results areas of the ” Thames Lovers Malawi project ” which is being implemented in two districts in Malawi ; Dowa and Kasungu.
The project has increased the number of people accessing clean and safe water to 5,950 households in Kasungu and Mponela town in Dowa district.
The organisation is implementing a- 4 year project running from April, 2016 to March, 2020 with a goal of increasing sustainable access, use and management of improved water and sanitation services in the low income areas of Kasungu and Mponela town in Dowa.
Presenting a progress report on the Thames Lovers Malawi project to the Dowa District Coordinating Team ( DCT) for Wash, MATAMAs Project Officer, Limbani Chinyamunyamu, said the Key Results areas of the project have been attained in that of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ( WASH).
Chinyamunyamu said the Key Results areas have increased number of people accessing improved urban planning and coordination for developments in the two towns, Kasungu and Mponela.
He said the project has made tremendous progress in its planned activities in water quality testing as an outcome on improved access to safe water.
He said the project has also supported Water Users Association ( WUA) which has an outcome of improved governance and performances.
Chinyamunyamu expressed happiness that the project has supported urban structure plan development and Capacity building initiatives of key technical staff in urban planning for both Kasungu town and Mponela town in Dowa district.
In his remarks, Feed the Children Project Officer for Tiwalere project, Michael Kalawe, expressed worry over water quality testing saying the district office need to have the capacity so that the testing continues even after NGOs projects conducting water and quality tests phases out.
Kalawe said the district only has equipment for testing the chemical part of the water citing PH balance for quality testing making it rely fully on partners and Central government.
Partners such as ONSE, United Purpose ( UP) and MATAMA are doing the water testing in the areas where the Thames Lovers Malawi project is being implemented in Dowa district.