Aaron Kapesa

Aaron Kapesa, Marko Chiumia – Potable Water for the Hopeless

Date grant awarded: August 25, 2019

Potable Water for the Hopeless is a WASH initiative championed by Young Leaders Rise, a non profit organisation founded by Aaron Kapesa with a mission of striving to improve the well-being of rural communities through provision of sustainable potable water in Malawi. Despite the fact that water is life, rural communities continue to experience problems of accessing clean and potable water. Women, young adult girls and school going children walk very long distances to access water from swamps, unprotected wells and streams. The water boards only provide their services in urban and peri-urban communities, giving no hope for clean potable piped water to the rural communities by the boards. With our project Potable Water for the Hopeless, we seek to address such challenges through provision of clean potable water from underground by constructing hand pump shallow wells within the users’ vicinity.

We believe our work will among others reduce risks associated with the use of unsafe water by promoting hygiene, reduce drudgery for women, young adult girls and school going children who are tasked with collecting water, save time which can be spent on more productive uses such as studying and allow women participation in social and economic activities which will make them feel empowered. The grant funds will assist in purchasing water point construction materials for Mpamba villages in Nkhata – Bay.