“Water is life”, as they say in Africa. Children especially need to drink clean water so that they don’t get sick or die of water-born diseases. Most women and children in Malawi walk 3-5 kilometers every day to the nearest water source to fetch a can of water-which is not always fresh and clean. WorldHope Corps believes that every family should have access to clean water and every village should have their own well.
Since 2007, WorldHope Corps has funded and drilled 28 deep-water wells in Malawi--at a cost of $10,000 per well (see list of Sponsors of village wels below). Most of these boreholes are located near a new church plant (known as “Methodist wells”). We’ve drilled other wells near rural elementary schools (known as “Presbyterian wells”). And we’ve drilled many community wells in a remote rural areas (sometimes called “Pentecostal wells”). Methodist, Presbyterian and Pentecostal community wells share one thing in common—they represent Living Water as they pump the “water of life.”
In addition to the 28 donor-sponsored wells, WHC has co-sponsored another 31 village wells in partnership with DrinkWater International (who used our well-rig) and Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP)—who shared their hydro-geologist missionary, Jim McGill, with us to help develop our program. And in addition to these 50 village wells in Malawi, WorldHope Corps in Uganda bought a plot of land, drilled a community well, installed a water filtration system, and opened a water store in the Katikara trading centre in Western Uganda. All together, WorldHope Corps is responsible for installing a grand total of 60 village wells in the last ten years! For this we are proud and give thanks to God!
Though we have other community development projects and training programs in many places in the world, our primary focus is on providing clean water for thousands of families in Malawi and Uganda.
In May of this year, a new village well was installed in Kakholi, Malawi—thanks to the generous sponsorship of Dr. and Mrs. Val J. Christensen. Kakholi Community Village Well is now serving over 500 people in rural areas. According to our program director, Pastor Dennis Singini: Residents of Kakholi only had access to drinking water from a spring found on the side of a hill, which runs dry during dry season in Malawi. They spend many days without fresh water and have to walk for miles to fetch unclean water from a shallow well. They village reported three serious illnesses among their children last year from water-borne diseases. Now that the new well is installed, the children of the village are no longer getting sick and the people are rejoicing about their new source of water.
Jenda Community Well is currently being drilled in Malawi, sponsored by suffers who attend the Ocean Beach Bible Study led by Dr. Ed Holly, and co-sponsored by Point Loma United Methodist Church in San Diego. Jenda has long been on WorldHope Corps target list of villages in need of fresh water. When Dennis came to the USA last Fall and shared with this group the need for a deep water well in Jenda, the men’s Bible Study raised over $5,000 which was matched by the Point Loma UMC. Again, we thank God for timely provisions for the families of Jenda who were previously without access to clean water.