Alasi Village, Malawi is a rural village in the Thyolo District, southern Malawi. The people have been practicing Farming God;s Way, a no-till farming method which used biblical discipleship to equip the people who practice FGW and learn to grow more crops. The discipleship groups are called God’s Love Groups. Here the people are demonstrating God’s love and care to the most needy in the community.
The current sources of water are a surface spring which has been dugout, and also hand-dug wells. The spring overflows in the rainy season, and dries to a small flow in the dry season. Death and sickness from drinking this water is common. Hospital trips to seek medical attention are also common. Digging becomes difficult in the dry season, as the ground really hardens.
It takes between 1 to 2 hours to reach this water source, which is 2-4 hours round trip…not including the time it takes to wait your turn and then the time it takes to fill your container.
In the rainy season, people mostly suffer from cholera and opening bowels, while in dry season most people suffer from dysentery and bilharzia (schistosomiasis). The people are so downtrodden because of the current water situation.
If assisted with a borehole, the community will benefit tremendously. There is no clean water source in the surrounding area. The people will have clean water to drink. The kids can go to school instead of spending so much time collecting water. The little money they have, that must be spent on medicine and hospital trips, would be saved. Their health would improve immediately. The people would see how the Lord does care for them through such a transformative gift. The FGW presence will be strengthened and more people will become involved in meaningful disciple-making groups.
Here is the testimony of one of the residents with many of the residents gathered around:
Video translation: My name is Emodesta Makulija. I live in this village where we are gathered today. In this group of FGW we thank you the donors and Bishop Mithowa for your vision. In this FGW we have learned a lot of things because of this reason. There has been famine in this land. There has been several droughts here, but we in FGW we have benefited a lot from this farming. To tell the truth in this FGW we shall continue we shall go ahead doing this farming. And we thank you, too, that you are going to save this village because of the water the borehole you will consider, we are going to be saved in many ways from several diseases. We have been in great problem. To get water is not easy in this village. We shall be so grateful and thankful if you give us a borehole. We are tired of suffering from water-related diseases such as cholera, opening bowels and such diseases. We shall be very happy if we have a borehole. We are seeing many things very bad here. The stream you see here when it is full, we use to come and draw directly that water and go with them at our home. We go and boil them to fear that may be if we use it directly we may suffer many diseases.
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