Van: Yesaya Musukwa
Verzonden: vr 03-12-2010 19:44
Onderwerp: Fw: letter from nachoma Odini Malawi Foundation
Chisenga Irrigation Project
Altitude: + 900 – 1.000 meters above sea level
The feasibility study of the project took place in the month of May,
2009 by Watec, Water and Technology Company, based in Blantyre, conducted
by Mr. Mandowa, the general manager. The borehole was drilled on the
3rd of September 2009 at a depth of 45 meters by 125 mm diameter and
furnished with casings on the same day.
The Nachoma Community, which comprises of more than 90 households, got
thrilled as they heard about the new dynamic, modern project of irrigation,
using solar power.
Basically people were not really convinced that the project will be
implemented, since several projects have failed before from other quarters
that were good at making false promises.
Odini Foundation has been a shining organization in the region as it
has broken the record by launching this wonderful project. Whereby it
has been a benchmark within the area and beyond the borders of both
Zambia to the west and Tanzania to the north-east.
The project has indeed created a tremendous impact to the society, animal
husbandry and crop production.
The community has really benefited from this project, whereby they have
opened a new chapter by cultivating their gardens using water powered
by solar panels. Each and every household is enjoying so well by planting
series of crops such as tomatoes, cabbages, maize, pumpkins, beans as
well as peas. This has greatly improved the health status of the beneficiaries
due to the high availability of foodstuff for family consumption.
It has also been witnessed that the surplus is used as a source of income,
selling them. People will be traveling from all walks of life to come
and buy farm produce from Nachoma Village, due to this wonderful project.
The other part of the area, have been planted with grass for cattle
feeds, that is almost 2 hectares which caters more than 20 heads of
cattle, which have been suffering before the installation of the pump.
Cattle were all at the carcass grade due to the grass scarcity during
dry season and they were absolutely in a very poor state of health.
The exotic grass planted, has got good nutrition and is very rich in
minerals and meanwhile they look energetic and powerful compared to
previous dry seasons. We are able to get enough milk from the five cows
which have got calves and we sell some and keep some money in our profit
Above all the village headman on behalf of the community is so thankful
for the heartily- felt gesture, which has really put the village recognized
within Chitipa and beyond the region. We are so proud just because of
your love and understanding of our concerns. This marks the new dimension
and legacy of this prolific and dynamic scheme which hasn’t been
there before. The scheme is a fountain of power, hope and effectiveness
of an engine of human resources. Meanwhile, water is used both for irrigation
and domestic purposes. The households used to walk such long distances
fetching water, but it is a story of the past now. Water is found now
and pumped in huge volume and we are greatly motivated by using them
The community instituted the committee which overlooks the day to day
endeavors of our undertakings. It is so powerful that it has got very
strong rules and regulations which govern the running of the affairs.
Our internal controls are also strong that we have got watchmen, who
safeguard and protect the materials installed at the site.
The project has also attracted learning institutions within the area
which has been paying education visits now and again. It has also added
the beauty of the area as it looks evergreen.
We are very optimistic that the farm will be expanded yearly as many
people are interested to cultivate plants for their personal benefits.
The committee has passed a motion before the beneficiaries that there
will be a reasonable amount of money which will be needed as a subscription
fee, yearly. Besides that, members will be required to contribute quarterly
for the contingency sake of the accessories and spare parts. We believe
that we can ably make it in case of simple breakdown of the system.
The committee will also engage a qualified agricultural officer, who
will train all the members about the irrigation system and how to operate
the portable pvc-pipes. Every member is significantly happy with the
measures put in place.
As a chairman, on behalf of the members, I would like to thank the donor,
particularly the people of the Netherlands for the remarkable support
which you have rendered to the people of Malawi, particularly the Nachoma
residents. You are all most welcome to come and pay us a visit and see
on your own the progress of the scheme. You really have broken a record
of the century in the country and beyond the neighboring countries.
May God bless you all and bless your beloved country, The Netherlands.
Manager of Odini Foundation, Chisenga, Nachoma Village.