Helping out our friends in Malawi

16 March

On the 16th of February 2016, Josh and I visited the Nora Docherty School in ruaral Dedza Malawi to experience first-hand what happens when communities have access to sustainable clean drinking water.

The School, which has been funded for almost ten years by Hunter Foundation Chairman Peter Cummings, has an enrolment of around 2000 students aged 5 – 16 years old. It also has three borehole water stations, which have been funded by Peter and other external funders such as the UK’s Department for International Development. These water stations have transformed school & village life over the past decade, reducing the risk of adult and childhood illness and allowing the school to benefit from a school feeding programme which keeps attendances high and increases educational achievement.

Put simply – clean water is the first bridge out of poverty.

But some bridges are stronger than others. That is why we want to improve the water infrastructure of the school through our crowdfund to ensure that the community around it continues to flourish. On top of supporting clean water projects with Oxfam, WaterAid and Mercy Corps, our crowdfunding projects will help install solar powered pumps at Nora Docherty School. This innovation will use the African sunshine to draw water up and out of the ground easily and around the clock. With the solar-powered apparatus, the time and energy taken up by hand pumping is now non-existent, freeing up villagers for schoolwork and other much-needed tasks around the community.

What’s more, the new solar-powered pumps will particularly improve the quality of life for women and girls in the area. More often than not, the burden of water collection in the community falls upon women, taking them out of village life every single day for hours at a time. More efficient pumping means less time queuing, meaning more time for contributing to the social and economic life of the community, helping to transform the surrounding villages over the foreseeable future.

How can we make this happen? That’s where you, the Brewgooder drinkers, come in. Backing our crowdfund by either donating to the Brewgooder Foundation or by buying a Brewgooder membership will directly benefit thousands of people in this remote Malawian community. Your support will also help found a revolutionary new beer business that will transform hundreds of thousands of lives across countless communities for years to come.

Thank you for all your support.

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