Nan’gombe Village is an impoverished rural village with a population of approximately 9,500 people. Malawi, including Nan’gombe, has undergone significant suffering in recent years with successive disasters – drought, flood, pestilence, and recently, a cyclone.
The need for clean water here is a very desperate one. For many years, people have been using very dirty, contaminated water for drinking and household needs. They collect water from seasonal sources including streams, rivers, hand-dug wells, and seasonal swampy wetland areas called “dambos”. Every rainy season many people, especially the young and elderly, die due to water-borne disease. The people feel neglected; neither the Government of Malawi nor anyone else have ever considered providing a water pump or bore hole to this area.
It is a minimum of a two hour walk to the closest bore-hole. Some walk it to minimize their risk of illness (the water from the bore hole is cleaner than their “normal” sources of water), but many cannot manage to travel the distance.
The common water-related diseases incurred by the people of Nan’gombe Village include cholera, dysentery, bilharzia (schistosomiasis), malaria, and diarrhea. These diseases are worse during the rainy season when all the hand-dug wells that are beside the rivers or streams are buried by dirt due to floods. Water-borne illnesses also break-out out during the hot dry season as people draw waters from open hand-dug wells.
The local “on the ground” ministry partner of our partner, Heaven’s Family, Victor Masangano, is devoted to serving the community, especially the children. Many children have been orphaned due to AIDS and Victor sees to their care, shepherding them to be raised in homes, gathering them for regular meals, and teaching about Jesus. The children are placed in homes, not orphanages. Victor is also involved with a sister ministry of Heaven’s Family, Farming God’s Way, and grows food to help feed these most needy children and sells the food to help, too.
In mid-March 2019, a destructive cyclone devastated the community of Nan’gombe. A well will be a major blessing to this community to provide them with clean, safe water to drink year-round.