Glasgow charity helping Malawi have clean water
(2) View gallery STAFF from a Glasgow-based charity water cooler firm travelled from Blantyre in Lanarkshire to Blantyre in Malawi to see how work is helping communities thrive.
Clare Miller and James Clelland from AquAid visited the African country to see how two Christian Aid’s projects, funded by AquAid, are supporting local people.
In a country where only two in three people have access to clean water, the projects help supply safe water for families to drink.
Dad-of-four James, who is a delivery driver with AquAid said: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to visit Africa and to see for myself how these projects have helped provide safe drinking water and help farmers become self-sufficient and grow more drought resistant crops.
The 46-year-old added: “One of the highlight for me was visiting Blantyre in Malawi as I’m from Blantyre in Scotland.
"As coach of my 10-year-old son Mathew’s football team, Blantyre Boys Club, the club arranged for me to take some gifts such as football strips with the name of the town on the front, which went down really well.
"To see first-hand what the irrigation scheme and water pump has given to these local communities in Malawi is just amazing.
"They have a small plot of land each that they can grow vegetables to be sold and use for themselves.
"Having clean, safe water to drink and better access to water for their crops has made such a difference to them and their families."
The projects have helped more than 14,000 people to access the clean water they need to stay healthy and build better lives for themselves.