Sukali village is a poor, rural village in theChikwawa State in Malawi. This village, along with three others, were determined to be in URGENT need of clean water. The water source for these villages is worse than “normal”. The water-borne diseases are at an all time high.
The village is in a hilly area and people get their drinking water from hand dug wells. The soil is stony and hard, and people depend on the seasonal river that runs from top to bottom as to where they dig around. Some of the people farm along the banks for vegetables, and use the banks for grazing so it is shared with animals and polluted with animal waste. The water is surface and very contaminated.
The people suffer from cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and bilharzia (schistosomiasis).
In addition to the lack of clean water. This people in this area also suffer from what is called ‘the hunger season’ …when it’s dry they eventually run out of food.
Providing a well in this village would meet the huge need for clean water. The well will save lives, the people will experience good health, they will not have to walk distances for water that makes them sick. They will have safe, clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry and all household needs. They would have water for gardens to grow food near their homes. Kids could go to school instead of spending the day fetching water.
Sukali Village is between Nsangwe and Ngabu. Below is Nsangwe span to Ngabu as a near marker.
This well has been drilled and capped!
The well project in Sukali Village has been successfully completed!
Sukali village is a poor, rural village in Chikwawa State, Malawi, in the Southern region of the country. Farming God’s Way and God’s Love Groups (discipleship groups developed with FGW) are established and active and growing in this village. The people have often suffered from what is called ‘the hunger season’ …when it’s dry they eventually run out of food. FGW is a very effective farming method and is helping the people to farm more efficiently for better yield and do this with an effective discipleship component.
Previously, the main water source was a seasonal stream/river. They dug hand-dug wells near the stream/river, and drank filthy contaminated water that made them sick and killed them, too. Children often missed school because they must spend much time fetching water. The people suffered from cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and bilharzia (schistosomiasis).
Now, we have drilled a new deep well. The people are rejoicing! The impact on the community is life-changing. The benefits are many. These poor farming people will now no longer have to use dirty, stagnant, and unprotected waters that made them very sick and killed them…and work so hard to get it. They will no longer have to spend so much time collecting water. Health will improve immediately, Most school children can likely get to school on time vs. previously making long walks to fetch water before going to school. The people will also have water for all basic household use besides clean water to drink. They will not have to spend money on medicine or take people far to the hospital from drinking dirty water.
The people thank you for this great gift of clean water. They are praising God and send their thanks and appreciation that from now on the problems of diseases caused by dirty waters are gone and children will be going to school very healthy. Praise the Lord!