March 22 – World Water Day

Access to clean water in Chimbonano village in southern Malawi used to be a huge challenge. Community members had to drink from unclean water sources or travel far distances to access clean water. Flonnie Mpunga knows how dangerous the situation was for her village. “Waterborne diseases were common and we spent a lot of time nursing each other. We couldn’t work hard in our fields, so we experienced food shortages.” But all that has changed thanks to a Presbyterian World Service & Development program providing access to safe water by digging boreholes and wells. Flonnie shares, “Our lives have improved. We no longer spend long hours fetching water. I have enough time to prepare my field and take care of my family. The well has improved my family’s health, as well as the health of the whole community.”