All to often in communities we hear that boreholes are broken and communities have been ripped off by mechanics who have charged them all they have for their services and then disappeared only for the community to find their borehole has broken down again the next day. With no money left and no knowledge of how a borehole works the community is left stranded.
This is why we feel so passionately that communities have to receive training when we repair their pumps.
Fisherman’s Rest Community Projects has two different training options, a week residential course at Fisherman’s Rest and a week long course in communities called “community cluster trainings”. We invite two members from each village whose boreholes we have repaired to attend a training course.
Jack and Harrison spent some time in Chikwawa and Bangula braving 40ºc plus heat following up with some of our graduates from January 2017.
The graduates felt they were confident in tackling most borehole repairs. They all keep in close contact with the groups they trained with. Many of them working together in threes and fours to problem solve repairs. Some even expressed the confidence to provide training for others as they disassemble, diagnose and fix boreholes in the community.
Here is some of our favourite feedback:
Jenifa Nyakamera and Sachi Kashawul
"The training was useful as it helped us recognise which parts expire quickly, so we can keep these stored for quick replacement."
"Before the training my village were collecting water from an open source. However we were able to fix our borehole and now we use that water."
Richard Alitula and Ellen Kpuimu
"We feel confident in repairs and like saving money, as we no longer need to pay an expert."
Judith Amadi and Njazi Kalosini
"We go walking in our communities surveying boreholes to check for problems and offer our assistance."