The project is targeting Mzuzu city and Karonga town, located in the northern region of Malawi. Karonga town is growing very fast with 70,000 residents. Although it is located on the shores of Lake Malawi, a fresh water lake, water supply was a great challenge because the existing system had major technical challenges. This programme has improved the water supply in the town, up to 18km of new pipe network has been laid to supply peri urban communities while old pipes have been rehabilitated to reduce leakages.
“This school did not have functional toilets and many girls were not coming to school. The new toilets will improve hygiene and improve girls’ attendance in school”
Mrs F.K Msiska, Kaning’ina School in Mzuzu.
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
UN-Habitat worked closely with the Northern Region Water Board as an implementing partner of the water component of the project and with the Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE) for the sanitation and hygiene component. Mzuzu University’s Test and Training Centre for Renewable Energy Technologies were subcontracted by CCODE for the installation of the biogas plants in the schools. The project also worked very closely with the Mzuzu City Council and the Karonga District Council.