|Village||Thawale & Mthundu Villages|
A well was successfully drilled in Baluwa Village Malawi 4 months ago and now villagers from many surrounding villages are flocking to the Baluwa Village well to get clean fresh water. The demand is overwhelming and this general area of Malawi can easily use two additional wells, one well to the north and one well to the west, of Baluwa Village. This particular well will serve
two communities to the west of Baluwa.
Thawale, which is approximately 4 miles away from Baluwa Village, has a population of 1,700. It takes more than an hour (one way) to get to the Baluwa Village well. The current water source for the villagers of Thawale is a well which was dug near a stream. The stream only contains water during the rainy season until the beginning of winter, (from December to April). The waters are not safe and are shared with animals and other wildlife. The villagers rely on hand-dug, muddy, shallow wells during the dry season that sometimes go dry so that no water at all can be found.
Mthundu, which is approximately 5 miles away from Baluwa Village, has a population of 3,500. These people walk a minimum of 90 or more minutes (one way) to reach Baluwa Village, starting their walk at 4:00 AM so that they can have the water first and be finished before 6:00AM, when the nearby villagers come to start drawing water at that well. The villagers of Mthundu are the most needy and desperate ones. They depend on the same stream for water as Thawale Village, and have always depended on hand-dug wells on the banks of the dried-up stream during the hot season, often facing many problems finding any water at all.