14/06/2012: EMBASSY HOSTS MALAWI CLEAN WATER EVENT
On June 2, 2012 the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi along with The International Awareness & Involvement Committee Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Water First Organization held a discussion on Water and Sanitation in Malawi as part of the partners` joint efforts to support the Ndowa Challenge by Water First.
The main aim of the event was to educate the public about the clean water crisis in the world in general and in Malawi in particular; participate in a collaborative interactive discussion with the community and community leaders; and discuss ways of how to individually and collectively eradicate the clean water crisis, and obtain donations to support existing clean water initiatives.
An interactive panel discussion was held around the question “What can we do collectively and individually to help eradicate the Clean Water Crisis?” Speaking at the event Mr. Rhino Mchenga- Head of Chancery who was also part of the experts panel discussed on the challenges faced by Malawi in ensuring that its people have access to portable and safe water reported that Malawi has made great strides in the recent years to increase access to safe, potable water to a greater portion of its population through the implementation of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy.. He however indicated the need of partnerships to ensure that start up projects are in place and are sustained by the benefiting communities.
L-R: Mr. Rhino Mchenga, Ms. Amy Hart, Ambassador Steve Matenje, Mrs. Isabel Matenje, Mr. David Barney & Ms. Elynn Walter
Ms. Amy Hart also a member of the panel spoke on the work being done by non- governmental organizations namely Water First in Malawi. Ms. Hart made an award-winning film, WATER FIRST featuring Mr. Charles Banda of Freshwater Project Malawi. After seeing the film, many people wanted to help raise funds for clean water projects in Malawi through drilling of water wells . To date, through various fundraisers and partnerships, the water projects inspired by the film have served more than 50,000 people.
Mr. David Barney and Ms. Elynn Walter who were also member of the panel spoke on the water situation in relation to the US, the challenges faced within the country and ways to ensure that the public is better informed and rallies support with an aim of ensuring that water continues to be accessible, is safe and conserved manner.
Speaking at the end of the event Ambassador Steve Matenje thanked The International Awareness & Involvement Committee Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Water First Organization for their continued support to Malawi and all people present for attending the discussion to learn, be better acquainted with issues to do with water and sanitation with the hope of being better custodians to the planet and its resources.
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