Clean Water: Macha Mission Hospital

Location:
Macha, Zambia
Category:
Development & Relief, Health Care

Extreme Water Shortage

Today, a water crisis exists in Zambia due to an extreme drought. Some wells have gone dry. The largest hydroelectric dam in the country is at record low levels, causing lengthy power outages (between 8-12 hours per day) and making pumping water difficult.

About

Water is essential for life. Lack of water is one of the most difficult parts of living and working at Macha Mission Hospital (Macha Hospital).

In Zambia, water is scarce, and over the years, the water table has dropped. Simultaneously, the hospital has expanded; therefore, more people need to share this limited resource. Nearly 100% of our staff list the dearth of clean water as their largest obstacle in providing care.

Currently the hospital receives water from two sources:

  • Wells provides clean water for medical procedures, hand washing, drinking. Nearly 50 years ago, one well supplied the hospital’s needs. Today the seven wells drilled for the hospital barely meet the demand for clean water.
  • Dam water provides water to flush toilets, clean floors, and the garden. Due to increased sedimentation in the dam, it stores less water today than in the past.

Help us fund a water system effectively delivering clean water to Macha Hospital. With your help, we will drill wells to replace the ones that have gone dry and establish larger storage tanks from which the hospital can obtain water without electricity. Your gift will also help install pipes so that we can water the gardens with dam water rather than clean water designated for the hospital. Finally, through your help, we can de-silt the dam, making its water supply more abundant.

By giving to the Clean Water project, you supply Macha Hospital with clean water to enable life-sustaining care for patients.