It was a long day today. We headed up to Kasungu, which is a smaller town in the central region. After meeting the council we went on to a local school. The school has over 4,800 pupils and it felt like most of them came to greet us all at once! It was a fantastic and moving welcome. WaterAid has helped deliver a reliable water supply (so the school could stay open) as well as more latrines so that pupils stayed at school, something which is especially important for girls.

We then visited a community nearby where WaterAid has constructed a water kiosk (a place where the locals can fill up with water, as they cannot afford a connection to the water system). The queue burst into spontaneous song as we arrived, proving once again what a tremendous impact providing a reliable source of water can have on a community.

The afternoon was a visit to a remote health clinic which was the opposite of what we saw in the morning. To put it mildly, it was shocking. They are expecting around 140 births in the next three months, but have no power except one solar powered light, one small delivery room and – arguably most importantly – no access to water. They have to travel to a nearby village to collect water. Worse still, prior to birth mothers stay in a barn, the kind of ‘accommodation’ we would condemn in the UK. It was hard to witness, as they so desperately need to improve the clinic, otherwise mothers have to stay in their villages to give birth, without any access to any medical support – and the implications of that are obvious. The good news is that WaterAid has started planning their intervention for this clinic…

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