Access to clean water and safe sanitation

According to WaterAid, nearly a third of Malawians (5.6 million) lack access to safe drinking water. In the communities with access to ­clean, free water from well-maintained wells or boreholes, less time is spent collecting water and more time can be spent being economically productive.

WaterAid figures also indicate that 9.6 million (nearly half the population) remain without access to a decent toilet. Apart from the serious health issues associated with unsafe hygiene practices, the lack of single-sex toilet and washing facilities affects women and girls disproportionately, exposing them to a higher risk of sexual harassment and denying them dignity and privacy, especially during menstruation. More than 3,100 children under the age of five die every year as a result of dirty water and poor sanitation.

73 per cent of health care facilities lack access to adequate sanitation and only about a quarter of government schools have improved sanitation services. Although significant progress has been made, water shortages and the  effects of climate change are presenting new challenges.

Charitable status

ChildCare Malawi is unable to register with the Charity Commission because our annual income is less than £5,000. However, we are registered as

a Small Charity with HMRC, which entitles us to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.

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Row 1 of photo gallery

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