Charles Banda

Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.

The Ashoka community mourns the loss of Fellow Charles Julius Banda who passed away on August 5, 2013 in Blantyre Malawi.

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This profile was prepared when Charles Banda was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
Introduction
The global Ashoka community mourns the loss of Fellow Charles Julius Banda who passed away on August 5, 2013 in Blantyre Malawi. Charles, the first Ashoka Fellow elected from Malawi, founded Freshwater Project Malawi to provide clean water and decent sanitation facilities to households and primary schools in Malawi’s rural communities through an asset-based community model. Charles worked to create local governance systems of water supply to ensure that rural people are healthy and empowered to identify social problems in their localities and to design their own solutions. By 2013, Charles had reached out to more than 750,000 people through the construction of more than 3,000 boreholes and 5,000 pit latrines in various rural areas of Malawi. A full profile of Charles’s work can be found on https://www.ashoka.org/fellow/charles-banda. Charles, a humble and visionary social entrepreneur and family man is survived by his wife and five children. His wonderful work continues today.
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