Nangumi 2 is a rural village in southern Malawi. The population, according to 2019 statistics is approximately 3,840 and this is from 318 families. I am giving these specifics because there is another village of Nangumi. Their water source is a seasonal river. They get the water a few ways. The photos show a hand-dug well they have cemented. The water it provides is basically surface water from the seasonal river, it is contaminated, often times it stinks and sometimes tastes like tree roots. The water comes slowly thus keeping the women and children for long hours in lines. Kids often miss school. The people come far to fetch this water, walking each way 30-90 minutes to reach this water source (2-4 miles). This village is sprawling due to dambos(salty seasonal swampy area) and valleys keeping homes spread apart…not an easy walk. Water is scarce during dry season. They find water from open, hand-dug wells, too. Water-related illness is common, diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, and bilharzia (schistosomiasis).
Coronavirus should not impact the ability to drill this well. There are virus precautions in place; schools are closed, travel is restricted, but not a total lock-down on everything. I am in touch with our contacts and they would let me know if there were any hindrances to drill due to coronavirus.
The well project for Nangumi 2 Village has been successfully completed! The peoples lives have changed completely. No longer are they drinking filthy water that made them sick. Now, they have access to clean, healthy drinking water and water for all their household needs and their animals. The community is so very happy and they are praising God for this great blessing in their community. Here are the photos of their celebration as they were drawing clean water. Praise the Lord!
Our ministry partner Charles Mithowa is directing our now ongoing and previous projects in Malawi. Charles is actually the main director for these projects. This will be the 7th well project to be completed. These are very reliable partners and we have had excellent success in our relationship with them to date. Heaven’s Family sister ministry, Farming God’s Way, has been working with Charles for some years now. The farming program is changing lives of poor farmers by helping them raise more food and teaching discipleship. The government of Malawi has recognized the success of our Farming God’s Way program with these partners.
Prayers being made at the opening ceremony for the people of Nangumi 2 to start using the well. Now The Nangumi 2 village has healed and are getting the good access to the clean water through this borehole.