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4750Re: [ujeni] Malawi wells, cheap, cheap!!

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  • Joanna Jane Hooper
    Aug 4, 2005
      Hey John,

      Please feel free to email Marty to ask him those
      questions.
      I'd be curious to hear the answer myself.

      Joanna


      On Tue, 2 Aug 2005 06:56:29 -0700 (PDT)
      John Patten <jppatten98@...> wrote:
      > Kudos to these individuals who are apparently having
      > some positive impact. A small caution though. Yes,
      > wells are indicated if there is real committment to
      > maintennance, parts, and if there is any contracting,
      > reputable installers that dig more than just to the
      > water table and cap it correctly using the right parts
      > and pipes. All over developing countries there are
      > thousands of empty monuments to clean water.
      >
      > We drove around with Dutch SF on the Pakistani border
      > south of Spin Boldak to talk to the elders and
      > evaluate water projects there. There was larger
      > funding by Europe, the Japanese, and other NGO
      > consortiums. 95 out of every 100 wells did not work
      > for the reasons above, and many were put in only three
      > months ago.
      >
      > I won't let my Field Officers do any well projects
      > without addressing the above, plus there are
      > environmental concerns over appropriate placement,
      > proximity to other wells (some were just over the
      > other side of the wall to the neighbors, both dry),
      > land rights issues that create conflict and patronage,
      > and on and on.
      >
      > They are indicated yes, but I am interested in the
      > line "for the rest of their lives." Here in
      > Afghanistan that amounted to several weeks. I am very
      > interested to see data on their past wells as to
      > percent that are functional, time elapsed, problems
      > encountered, etc.
      >
      > I'm getting boring in my old age. Good on them!
      >
      > JP
      >
      > --- Joanna Jane Hooper <johooper@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Hi Everyone,
      > >
      > > I received this message from my brother's wife's
      > > parents
      > > (Marty and Helen Wilson), who go down to Malawi
      > > every year
      > > to build wells. This year they are hoping to expand
      > > their
      > > project. I thought you all might be interested in
      > > this
      > > philanthropic opportunity.
      > >
      > > Please feel free to contact Marty & Helen Wilson,
      > > their
      > > contact information is at the bottum of the email,
      > > also
      > > please forward this message on to anyone that you
      > > think
      > > might be interested.
      > >
      > > Joanna Hooper
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Dear Friends,
      > >
      > > Many of you know that Helen and I have been involved
      > > with
      > > a small group called Marion Medical Mission (MMM)
      > > which
      > > has, for twenty years, been making a huge difference
      > > in
      > > the lives of people in the African nation of Malawi,
      > > one
      > > of the poorest countries in the world. Life
      > > expectancy in
      > > Malawi is only 36 years. There are many reasons for
      > > this
      > > dismal statistic, but a major one is a high
      > > incidence of
      > > water borne or sanitation-related disease. Water
      > > borne
      > > disease is the cause of over 80% of the deaths of
      > > children
      > > under five. Typical water sources in the villages
      > > are
      > > open pits used by both livestock and people and
      > > polluted
      > > with almost everything imaginable. Supplying clean,
      > > safe
      > > water is where MMM has made an astounding impact
      > > through
      > > the installation of shallow wells free from surface
      > > contamination. These wells, over 3,600 built to
      > > date, are
      > > providing safe water for nearly a million people in
      > > Malawi
      > > and saving countless lives and untold misery. But
      > > there
      > > are still millions without safe water, and the
      > > situation
      > > is similar in neighboring Tanzania and Zambia. MMM
      > > is
      > > just beginning to expand the shallow well program
      > > into
      > > these countries where they border on Malawi.
      > >
      > > The incredible thing about the shallow well program
      > > is
      > > what a huge difference a small amount of money can
      > > make.
      > > The wells are a joint effort with the villagers.
      > > The
      > > villagers dig the well, make bricks to line it, and
      > > provide filtering and concrete work to keep out
      > > surface
      > > contamination. MMM provides field coordination and
      > > transport, technical help and training, the pump and
      > >
      > > fittings, cement for concrete and mortar, and some
      > > cheerleading. All this costs $300 per well. If you
      > > do
      > > the math, this amounts to about a dollar per person
      > > for
      > > clean water for life!!!!
      > >
      > > By now I am sure you know where we are going with
      > > this!
      > > In late September, Helen and I are leaving for
      > > Malawi,
      > > along with nine other volunteers, to help install
      > > wells.
      > > The goal for the eleven of us is to get 400 wells
      > > in. In
      > > three weeks, another team will replace us, and
      > > expects to
      > > get another 400 wells installed, a total of 800 for
      > > the
      > > 2005 season. MMM currently has money in place for
      > > 474
      > > wells. We need funding for another 326 wells at
      > > $300
      > > each. Each $300 donation goes 100% to the cost of
      > > the
      > > well, not a penny for MMM overhead or volunteer's
      > > expenses. The $300 buys cement, pipe, pumps, foot
      > > valves,
      > > etc. By the way, everything that can be purchased
      > > in
      > > Malawi is bought there to support the local economy.
      > >
      > > In addition to volunteering, Helen and I have
      > > contributed
      > > for a well. We cannot imagine where $300 could
      > > have a
      > > bigger impact on human lives. If you feel the same
      > > way,
      > > you might like to fund a well yourself. The easiest
      > > way
      > > is to go to the Marion Medical Mission website
      > > (http://marionmedical.org) for directions for
      > > funding a
      > > well. The website contains additional information
      > > about
      > > the wells and other MMM projects in Malawi. Be sure
      > > to
      > > check out the "before" and "after" pictures of
      > > typical
      > > village water supplies. If you're interested in
      > > knowing
      > > more about the wells themselves click the "Field
      > > Manual"
      > > button.
      > >
      > > If you do choose to contribute, after the well
      > > installation season is over you will receive a photo
      > > of
      > > the particular well you funded along with many of
      > > the
      > > villagers who will use it. There will be other
      > > information about the number of families served, the
      > >
      > > village name and location, well depth, etc. And, of
      > >
      > > course, you will see clean water flowing from "your"
      > > well.
      > >
      > > Questions??? Give us a call at 970-669-3766, or
      > > email us:
      > > mshbwilson@...
      > >
      > > Have a wonderful summer,
      > >
      > > Marty and Helen Wilson
      > >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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