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Water Works is a charity committed to assisting communities gain access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities. Our approach is not to give hand outs, but to empower people to meet their own needs.

The Malawi Water Team


Samuel Banda (Builder)

Samuel Banda has many years of building experience. He is not only a talented builder, but an excellent teacher. He has the ability to engage the entire community in the development, especially people who are often excluded.

Banda is responsible for teaching the communities how to build the wells surrounding structure and advises on good latrine building practices.


Alinafe Kuzemba (Water Pump Technical Expert)

Alinafe is an exceptionally intelligent and talented person. Despite growing up in a poor village with limited opportunities, he has developed many excellent technologies that are built with locally available materials. One such technology is the pump we have named after him “the Alinafe pump”.

Alinafe is Water Works' water pump technician and leads on the installation and maintainance of the pumps. He lives in the area that our projects are based so is available to provide extra technical support to the communities that require it.

Mr Black talking to villagers.


Black Chakumodzi (Team Leader)

Mr Black has spent much of his life mobilising communities to build their own toilets and advising on the importance of good hygiene practices.

Mr Black is the Water Works team leader and ensures that the projects are community led. He excels when engaging and promoting partnerships with communities.

Villagers building well.


Sambani (Builder)

Sambani is the newest member of the Water Team. He is a very skilled and hard working builder, who supervises the village working groups in the construction of the latrines and the well surrounds.




Maya Kachenga (Programme Officer)

Maya lives in Lilongwe. She is very resourceful, has great local contacts and helps Water Works achieve good value for money. She is good at paying attention to detail and making sure that Water Works delivers the project in each village. She also has a knack of mobilising the villagers, particularly the women.



The Management Team

Simon Cohen (Director)

Simon founded the charity in September 2008 in response to the lack of sustainable water points in sub-Saharan Africa. With Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental and Development Studies Simon is able to help guide the development of Water Work’s water pumps, programmes and strategy. He excels when engaging communities, building partnerships and providing training. When not working for Water Works, Simon consults for other water NGOs in various countries including Angola, the Sudan and Mozambique.


Jeff Cohen (Programme Manager)

Jeff‘s involvement with Water Works began when he took responsibility for fund raising. He has substantial experience in raising money for various voluntary groups. His career has been in the field of mental health and human rights, but is now taking a more active role in the management of Water Works. He helped to manage the programme in Malawi in 2013 and will be doing the same in 2014.

Read about the Water Works Management Committee

Water Works is registered in Scotland - Scottish Charity Number: SC040514 and in England and Wales - Charity Commission – 1158206
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