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Water Irrigation Projects in Malawi

Just £25 will Sustain one person for Life!



Project Benefits:

So far we have built 8 irrigation schemes and one extension. This benefits approximately 22,200 people. The projects are located in Nansembe, Kumwandika, Mlanga, Nasundu, Nasundu Fish Farm, Majanga, Gawaza, Nansembe 2 and Mpenga which are all located in the Southern region of Malawi, near Blantyre.


Water irrigation schemes supply an abundance of water to a village. This is enough to provide the foundation for the growing of staple crops, introduction of new high earning crops, fruit farms, honey farms, fish farming, cattle rearing and market days. All this can be achieved by giving them access to water.


The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said (An-Nasaa’1, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad):

The best form of charity is giving someone water (to drink)


What is Water Irrigation?

Malawi is one of Africa’s most densely populated places in the world and least developed countries. Most people here live in the tropical countryside where water is scarce. As a result, many women and children spend hours of their day walking to collect it.

There are many methods of sourcing and provisioning water to rural areas. Following Drop of Compassion’s extensive research into this area, we are focusing on irrigation projects as the method aligns with our ethos of providing long term sustainable solutions.

Our irrigation projects provide beneficiaries with more than just clean drinking water as they will also support the growth of crops, helping the people to be self sufficient.

Water Irrigation is the diversion of an existing clean running water source which is perennial (i.e. permanent like a river). This water flows to and through a village by means of building canals and waterways.

The irrigation scheme supplies an abundance of water to a village. This is enough to provide the foundation for the growing of staple crops, introduction of new high earning crops, fruit farms, honey farms, fish farming, cattle rearing and market days.

The accessibility of water and extra income earned enables more time for education, social and family life. We aim to lead the way with our innovative approach and not only reduce the time lost in gathering water but build upon these schemes for a fully integrated community.

We work with the local community on the project programs and training. So they are involved in the development and construction of the scheme from the start. This ensures they appreciate the project and not just feel as if they have had a free handout. This training also gives them the necessary skills to maintain it for the future. ‘‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’’

With up to 60% of water sources failing, across Africa, it is imperative that long-term solutions are sought. Our model and core philosophy has enabled us to overcome many traditional challenges which have faced donors for many years. Our solution is for the provision of water permanently and we strongly believe that:


A study carried out by the FAO (1986 and Gleick 2000) states that of all the land that can be used for irrigation only 7% has so far been achieved in Malawi.


Irrigation Project Process:
  1. Site is identified by the Government of Malawi Irrigation Department. They carry out a feasibility study of land, water sources, environmental impact assessment, rainfall, crops that can be grown and cost.
  2. A technical and financial proposal is produced.
  3. Once approved the following roles will be undertaken:
    •   Drop of Compassion- Finance of project/Supervision/Procurement
    •   Department of Irrigation – Civil Engineering, Construction, Training, Technical Support
    •   Local community – Provide labour and local raw materials sand/bricks (if available)
  4. Development process:
    Step 1:     Create siphon from perennial river source
    Step 2:    Build the scheme according to design
    Step 3:    Water flow testing and refining of canals
    Step 4:    Planting staple and cash crops
    Step 5:    Training to local community in maintenance


Irrigation Benefits:
  1. Immediate permanent clean running water access.
  2. Less time collecting water, more time spent in education.
  3. Less time collecting water, more time spent in farming.
  4. Less time collecting water, more time spent in family matter.
  5. Less time collecting water, more time spent in relaxing!
  6. Clean running water means good for cooking, sanitation and farming.
  7. Crops yields increase to 3 times a year instead of just one depending on seasonal rain.
  8. Unaffected in drought season.
  9. Crops are surplus therefore beneficiaries will have enough sustenance and will sell surplus creating cash wealth.
  10. Empowerment of the communities.
  11. Benefits to the surrounding villages.
  12. Diversification of crops. New crops added in the system to give a balanced diet.
  13. New high yielding crops introduced to compliment staple crops.
  14. Design and materials used are based on manual systems and not dependent on parts breaking down.
  15. Maintenance of scheme is cheap and will be self sustained by community
  16. Scheme is self sustaining and self growing. The benefit is long term and permanent.

It really takes empowerment to a whole new level – all through providing access to water!!!


100% Donation, No Deductions!

We guarantee 100% of your donations will reach their intended target. The charity operates on a voluntary basis ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. The set-up, operating, admin and marketing costs are met by the trustees, supporters and some from the gift aid contributions.