CO2balance work with international NGO United Purpose to implement and manage 5 projects across Malawi, including both safe water and improved cookstove.
The in-country team have faced many obstacles this year, actively responding to help the ongoing cholera outbreak and help deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Freddy which has devastated the southern areas of the country. Cyclone Freddy was an exceptionally intense, powerful tropical storm which is the longest-lasting and highest-ACE-producing tropical cyclone recorded worldwide.
This has made this year incredibly challenging to balance the monitoring for our projects, alongside helping fight these devastating events. For one of the safe water projects with 185 boreholes, the project area for which lies in Central Region, annual monitoring is currently underway.
The trained team are in the field, travelling to and surveying community members who use the project boreholes and gathering data about their daily habits associated with water use. All of the communities involved in the project have had their broken community borehole fixed as part of the project, the households being surveyed have been randomly selected from a random selection of project boreholes databases. It will take approximately 3 weeks to complete the surveys, the data will be reviewed thoroughly and once finalised, used in assessing the impacts the project has made over the last year.