The Pump for Life mobilization was a visit initiated with
the aim of persuading water point owners to join the new maintenance system
called “Pampu Kwa Maisha” (Pump for Life). About 114 water points were visited,
including all water points which have already joined, and other water points
which may soon join the program. Existing members were visited to ensure that
payments were made on time, as well as to convince them to pay quarterly, semi
annually or annually, which will save time and reduce the need to chase
payments, which currently happens at MSABI’s expense.
Most of water point owners were interested in
the system and promised to join, but will first have a meeting with water users
to ensure support. For the water points which require minor repairs, the water
point owners were able to contribute enough money to fix their water point, and
some then joined to pampu Kwa maisha; see the action in picture below.
Alphonsina Kanyeto (pump for life assistant) meeting with the community, where
they agreed and started contributing towards water point repairs, and a monthly
Fig2: The water points
chairperson explaining about how water point breaks, and suggesting how to
raise money to get it fixed. The community has now joined the pump for life
Msabi field officer sharing ideas with water point owners about methods of
collecting money water point repairs and monthly subscription. The water
users were excited and have already started to contribute
Fig.4 Alphonsina helped water point owners to understand
contract before they sign up to join pump Kwa maisha.
Generally, the mobilization visit made the water point users
excited, and it was an opportunity for MSABI to evaluate the water points and
their condition. Also the Pump for Life team continued to explain the benefits
of joining the program, and encouraged current member to pay their monthly
subscription on time, to ensure the sustainability of their water points and ensure
a constant supply of clean water to their communities.
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