By Alfred Mthandizi
People in the area of Traditional Authority Mkukula will always remember Rhema Institute for Development (RHID) for providing the area with clean and portable water. People in the area have been experiencing water shortages for a long time. Thamison Mauleni, a resident in the area told our reporters that women in the area have been desperate to find water because the borehole which was drilled broke down few years ago. “Women have been managing by working from early in the morning to search for water from long distances,” said Mauleni.
Mauleni thanks Rhema for helping the area with clean water. “We are happy that Rhema Institute has rehabilitated our borehole and our women will no longer walk long distances to find water,” said Mauleni.
Rhema Executive Director, Innocent Semu in an interview said his organization is maintaining boreholes and drilling shallow wells with support of Hope for a Child – UK. Semu said Rhema is a local non-government organization that has mandate of serving poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities worldwide.
Semu said Rhema exists to reduce poverty and mitigate the impact of HIV /Aids and provide care and support to those infected with and affected in Malawi through covering a wide range of community livelihoods intervention in Malawi such as microfinance. “Currently we are on contract with Dowa and Lilongwe District Council, to implement various projects such as water and sanitation, microfinance, livestock development, women children integrated Hunger Project and small scale irrigation projects.” said Semu.
Semu said currently, there is need to scale up selection of economic activity planning management as well as dealing with illiteracy levels so that people in the area understands what it means when we are talking about development.