Permaculture activities at Ng'ongo face Water source challenge

Written by  Alex Mwangosi

A remote school of Ng'ongo Primary in the Northern part of Malawi is implementing a permaculture project in partnership with Action for Sustainable Development - ASUD with funding from the global body ECOSOLIDAR.

Drawing water from a borehole in the village Drawing water from a borehole in the village Pic source Internet
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The project aim is to train learners and surrounding communities to grow local vegetables and other crops at low cost. Head teacher of the school Richard Moyo says the project is assisting by giving supplementary food for the school feeding program.


"Through this project ASUD is assisting us to grow a variety of crops for our school feeding program. However, our major challenge is the source of water. The school has no borehole to draw water from to irrigate our vegetables. So our learners are compelled to go to the village where they compete with parents in drawing water; and as per our culture learners always give a chance to elders to service themselves first," complained Moyo.


“I am very happy with the global video project which ASUD has introduced because it will expose some cultural aspects that hinder the learning process in Malawi to the world," the head teacher added.


According to one of the learners at Ng'ongo school Gertrude Moyo learners opt to draw water at a swamp to avoid inconveniencing elders at the lone borehole.


"We usually go to a swamp to draw unprotected water far from the school so that our parents should be drawing at the borehole, but if the borehole is not functioning we all draw at the swamp," said Gertrude Moyo.


ASUD Executive Director Thomas Ngwira, who visited both water sources to appreciate the distance, said the challenge was very acute.


"This water challenge is very acute considering the long distance. And this swampy water is not good for human health especially children," said Ngwira.


He then expressed the need for the school to have at least a borehole to support the permaculture project. The permaculture project is said to be assisting in checking malnutrition in the area as the community is replicating activities learnt at the school.

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