The Borehole Project

In Dowa and Kasungu Districts, around half of rural communities live without safe water. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that around one third of existing boreholes are broken or no longer functional. These two districts remain among the least served in Malawi, with water supply coverage estimated at 41% and 61% respectively. Lack of safe water, along with poor sanitation and hygiene keeps the world’s poorest people in poverty. Therefore restoring boreholes is of vital importance to local communities.

Women and girls are the most affected, with wasted hours spent carrying dirty, contaminated water. In addition to the natural health benefits from the rehabilitated boreholes, families no longer have to boil the water, saving firewood and thereby preventing carbon emissions from being released. Furthermore, the project creates a funding mechanism for communities that ensure the long term maintenance of the boreholes.2.

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Dowa and Kasungu Districts, Malawi
Project Type:
Clean Water Access
Project Standard:
Gold Standard
Project Start Date:
October 2013

Total emission reductions:
10.000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following SDGs:

No Poverty: Access to clean water reduces the need to boil it, which saves fuel consumption. This helps to signifi-cantly reduce wood consumption and therefore allow families to save money.

Good health and well-being: Improved access to clean water is an effective method of reducing the occurrence of water-borne diseases. It also reduces the likelihood of exposure to harmful indoor air pollution. Traditional household cook stoves are often used to boil water, resulting in unnecessary air pollution and the occurrence of respiratory diseases.

Gender equality: Women are disproportionately affected by water demands, in time and energy spent sourcing, carrying, and purifying contaminated water. Reducing the amount of firewood needed for cooking frees up time for more productive activities, such as the education of children, economic or agricultural tasks.

Clean water and sanitation: As part of the project, basic sanitary facilities, i.e. latrines with tippy-taps for hand disinfection, are installed in the villages. Together with the reliable supply of clean drinking water, this is an efficient measure to prevent infectious diseases.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure: The project acitivity strengthens the local infrastruc-ture by installing modern water pipes and providing safe water supply.

Climate Action: By reducing carbon emissions resulting from the need to boil water for disinfection, the project actively contributes to slowing down climate change.

Life on land: Access to clean water helps to reduce deforestation and desertification rates
by reducing the use of firewood to boil water. Slowing deforestation yields direct benefits
like slowing soil erosion, the destruction of natural habitats, and loss of biodiversity.