Infrastructure is a key determinant in the health and well-being of a community. Without basic road infrastructure, further development is difficult to attain. As is the case in Chitende, Malawi. Located 5km away from a tarred road, this small village is cut off from local health services. Development programs initiated by the government, such as the Rural Electrification Program or Water Board access, don’t reach areas without road access.
In 2018, several businesses constructed what could be deemed a “make-shift” road to Chitende, giving local residents hope for a brighter future. However, when the first rainy season hit, they soon realized the road was only temporary. Despite not having road access for those 6 months, they banded together at the beginning of the next dry season and repaired the road themselves, as best they could.
Knowing this was only a temporary fix, a group of community leaders met with us to discuss a way forward. After meeting with a local contractor for a quotation on what would be needed to build culverts or bridges in the worst spots of the road, the committee developed an action plan and contract for the construction of the road.
We are currently trying to raise the $4,000 needed to improve the Chitende road. If you would like to support our cause, please donate today!
Infrastructure is a key determinant in the health and well-being of a community.
Without basic road infrastructure, further development is difficult to attain.