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Mali: workshop for water point management committees

Published on: 08/09/2020

A workshop was organised in Nossombougou to strengthen the capacity of village water point management committees.

Cluster World Vision representatives present their welcoming remarks (Ph N. Saliya)

The Cluster of World Vision presenting during the workshop (Ph N. Saliya)

Handpumps are the main water supply in rural areas, where they are managed by committees set up for this purpose. These committees take care of coordination, consultation and programming of village activities regarding access to drinking water. They serve as outreach, provide information and promote social cohesion. They monitor the proper functioning of the village pumps as well as the improvement of access to drinking water and hygiene around water points. These committees are all the more important since inadequate care, management and maintenance of these infrastructures can lead to quick disrepair, drastically reducing the sustainability of investments.

Given the importance of their role in the daily supply of drinking water to households, World Vision Mali in Kolokani, together with three selected communes and their partners decided to strengthen the capacity of these committees through this workshop in Nossombougou. This will enable the committees to more adequately perform their responsibilities in the management of village water points. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarise the committees with Mali's national drinking water supply policy and to enable them to manage the handpumps in a sound and sustainable manner. Coming from nine villages and hamlets in the communes of Nossombougou, Ouolodo, Tioribougou and Nonkon, the WASH committee members who took part in this activity received lessons on administration and financial management of handpumps. But also on the proper functioning of the committee, the mobilisation of resources and sound management for sustainability.

Members of PMH management committees present at the training (Ph N. Saliya)

Members of water management committees present at the training (Ph N. Saliya)

The participants were very grateful for the training and left with the promise of implementing everything they had learned. The main commitment made was for them to work on a qualitative change in the management of handpumps and thus in the supply of water to the population.

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