Self Help Africa Donated Computers and Tablets to Dowa Council

By Vincent Gunde

Self Help Africa (SHA), an international organization which has been working in partnership with the Dowa District Council since 2019 working closely together to provide access to safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Dowa district has donated a laptop, desktop and tablets to the council.

The computers and tablets will be used to strengthen the monitoring processes for the Water Monitoring Assistants to know functionality of water points in the communities that Self Help Africa is serving under traditional authorities Mkukula and Dzoole in the district.
Presenting the donation at a function held at the Boma, Smorden Tomoka WASH Programme Manager for Self Help Africa, said the organization has been working closely with the Dowa District Council to make sure that communities in the district are being supported in accessing safe drinking water and using basic sanitation services.

Presentation of computers to Dowa DC, Stallich Mwambiwa

Tomoka said that the organization is expecting that the assets donated will go a long way to improve efficiency in the work of Water Monitoring Assistants so that they are able to monitor functionality of water points in real time because they will be going more digital.
“We expect them to manage the assets so that they can play the purpose for which we have donated for,” he said.

Receiving the donation, District Commissioner for Dowa Stallich Mwambiwa, welcomed the donation saying Self Help Africa has been one of the critical partners working closely with the council in strengthening access to safe drinking water and use of basic sanitation services for the district.

Mwambiwa said with the support received, the council will be able to enhance monitoring and supervision on water points particularly in the areas Self Help Africa is currently implementing their projects under T/As Mkukula and Dzoole in the district.

The DC assured Self Help Africa that the council will make full use of the donation saying this is just a pilot phase expressing hope that the organization will go beyond the 2 traditional authorities Mkukula and Dzoole to Kayembe, Chakhaza and others in the district. traditional authorities in the district.
“We will be making follow-ups on all matters to do with water supply, which boreholes are working and not working and what to do,” said Mwambiwa.

The donated items include one desktop, one laptop and 6 tablets all valued at around K6.2 million.