NDALAMA VILLAGE, MALAWI

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

PEOPLE IN SERVICE AREA

DOLLARS FUNDED

FUNDED MARCH 20, 2024

Ndalama Village is an impoverished village located in the central part of Thyolo District, Malawi. This village began to practice Farming God’s Way (FGW) in 2017.  Farming God’s Way is an effective, no-till farming method which incorporates discipleship groups called God’s Love Groups (GLGs.)  There are now two established GLG’s in this village.

It was outstanding to our ministry partners the suffering of the women who carry heavy buckets of water over long distances to fetch water for their families. They walk 1 to 1.5 hours (4-5 km) from the village for water.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Their current water source is a developed hand-dug well. The water is supplied by a stream and the village men hand-dug this well.  There is no other regular water source.  This water source is open and contaminated. The children suffer more from sickness caused by drinking the water.

The major diseases here that are causing illness and sometimes death include cholera, bilharzia (schistosomiasis,) and dysentery.

Cholera is always a major health concern in Malawi. They just experienced one of the worst outbreaks of the disease in 2022-2023.  This disease can be avoided and stopped by providing access to safe, clean water.

OUR EXPERIENCE IN MALAWI

Our ministry partner Charles Mithowa is the main director for these well projects and [he and his team] have completed many. 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 the 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.  We do not do projects unless we have formed an ongoing partnership with a good track record of accountability with any ministry partner who is involved in any Safe Water Ministry project.  We require ‘before’ marker photos where the well will be drilled.  We collect pertinent details that describe the need, collect completion photos, reports and
testimonies.  The driller will be the same as long as they keep doing good work. They have been very accommodating.

MAINTENANCE AND FUTURE REPAIRS

God’s Love Groups, discipleship groups in place for our Farming God’s Way ministry, will direct some of the management, in partnership with the village.  The beneficiaries will contribute a small amount to pay for maintenance. Both the GLG teams and community authorities shall manage the property for permanent use for the community.

PROJECT COSTS AND TIMELINE

Your generous donation of $3,500 will bring a deep borehole well and a hand pump to this village.  All of your funds will be used for materials and labor.  It is expected that the project will be completed late March or early April, 2024.

FUTURE IMPACT

Providing clean water will change their lives as they will have a clean water source in their village rather than such a far distance away. They will have water to bathe with and cook with. The kids will be able to go to school instead of spending long hours fetching water.  Their health will improve.  The physical pain will be lessened for many of the women. They will have water year-round and will not have to worry about dry season.  It will show the love of God for them.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

FGW is the physical ministry of growing food, but there is also the discipleship component, God’s Love Groups (GLGs.)  The Malawi wells are usually located where there is a Christian presence in the churches that the GLG members are part of.  This has helped the people to learn to work together and to follow the Lord more closely. The GLGs meet regularly and encourage a true relationship with the Lord besides the FGW side.  The meetings are regular, recorded, and reported on. FGW can be described as something like a house church.  The Bible is studied, they pray, and the whole community is built up.  The program also increases dignity and purpose, it is self- sustaining and provides them with success, which is another benefit for these very poor people.  

All projects are made possible by World Changers.