Tawina Well Handover- 16th November 2017
Mr Peter Nkata, Seibo Managing Director, and Water Wells for Africa’s Programme Manager, Mr Edwin White, attended a ceremony at Tawina Nursery School to hand-over the newly constructed well to the community of Tawina.
A Short Tour
A short tour of the Tawina Nursery preceeded the ceremony during which Beehive Construction foreman, Mr. Aubrey Mwapuwa and Seibo’s Ms. Talitha Nyenyez,i explained the plans for improving the nursery buildings. According to Aubrey, “We will remove the old floor, clean up & put in a new floor. The walls will be plastered & we will open up three new window openings- one for the storeroom and two for the nursery. The outside of the school will be leveled to create an outdoor play area for the nursery”. Sounds like a plan-we will post more details soon!
Seibo’s Peter Nkata decided to walk to the borehole site to get a feel of the journey the people of Tawina will take each day to draw water for the nursery – he was joined on the way by Edwin of WWFA. The ceremony MC welcomed the assembled crowds and introductions began. Following speeches the well was officially handed over to the Senior Group Village Head of Pensulo and the villagers burst into dance & song! A true Malawian ceremony!
The Village Head: “The coming of the Borehole is going to help us so much. At first we could drink dirty water. Sometimes we could go far places to draw water, waking up early hours of the morning, just for one bucket at worst. I thank Seibo for the donation”.
Group Senior (Pensulo Village): “I thank Seibo for the donation; we have long waited for such help and had given up. But today Seibo has given us new hope for both the old and the young”.
Mr. Edwin White, WWFA Programme Manager advised the community to own the development and take care of it. He further pointed out that the development is for everyone and as such everyone’s responsibility. Clean water contributes to good health.
Mr. Peter Nkata, Seibo Maria, Managing Director: Expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome. He then proceeded to layout Seibo’s plans to maintain the school and train the caregivers. He urged the community to take responsibility of the Borehole by each family faithfully contributing k100 per month for its maintenance. He concluded to say that anyone who doesn’t want to pay should not draw water. This is because what they could have paid for a day to draw water, they will only pay per month and only that the borehole will keep on servicing the community for the longest time.
Frackson Dzanzi: “Thank you to Seibo for a chance to access clean water for free! I will take part in caring for it”
Patrician Malizani: “I am so happy that we finally have water that is clean too. You have relieved us of the burden of walking long distances just to get water that was barely enough for a day. I will dedicate myself to may MK 100 per month. Thank you Seibo”!
Elude Araddin: “Am more than happy for this borehole. I will commit myself to keep its surrounding clean. Water is life, we were helpless. Thank you Seibo for taking a chance on our children which has extended to us”.
Dinna Sunright: “I am very excited for the borehole, it was not easy to look for water as well as take care of our homes. Since water is near now I will have more time to start up a vegetable garden whose produce I will sell and get money to feed my family”.
We cannot thank you enough for making this happen. Thank YOU!