EWB in Malawi – Water and Sanitation 2010
A weblog by Shehin Rahemtulla – University of Victoria Junior Fellow for Engineers without Borders

Archive for the ‘Public Journal – starting April 2010’ Category

G8 and Canadian Aid

July 10, 2010

G8 and Canadian Aid Working here in rural Malawi and witnessing the efforts of foreign NGOs makes me question the efficiency of Canadian aid.  For example, in Lilongwe district alone, there are a number of NGO’s working in the ‘water sector’.  From what I have seen, there is no regulation or collaboration between these NGO’s, […]

BASEDA and other water players

July 10, 2010

  BASEDA and other water players  I thought the best way to explain whats going on would be through a diagram: Explanation of “Lilongwe District Water Point Functionality Hierarchy” Diagram The Regional Water Office (RWO) sends out “Borehole Overseers” (BH) who, like Water Monitoring Assistants (WMAs), repair boreholes free of charge. These BHs may have […]

Working at BASEDA

June 12, 2010

What is BASEDA? BASEDA stands for Basic Services Development Agency.  There are two sectors: Madzi Mjigo Usafe (literal translation: don’t let the water pump die) and HIV/AIDS: HIV testing and counseling for youth. My placement is in Madzi Mjigo Nathenje office where I work with two co-workers: Mr. Julius Masebo and Mr. Chombe Chulu.  Madzi […]

Azungu Kumozi (A foreigner in the village)

June 5, 2010

After intensive training in the capital (which included Chichewa lessons, sector specific training with Malawian faciliators and much much more..) I arrived to my Village in Nathenje (pronounced Na-TEN-jay) We drove past goats, chickens, stray dogs and villagers and into pot holes and droppings.  Everyone was staring at the azungu (me) in the front seat.  Our […]

My first Blog

April 11, 2010

First I’d like to apologize in advance for I know that this blog will be slightly messy and always under construction.  I am learning alot about how to keep a webpage looking spiffy but you’ll have to bear with me!! This is where you can keep posted about what I’ve been doing with Engineers without […]