4750Re: [ujeni] Malawi wells, cheap, cheap!!
- Aug 4, 2005Hey John,
Please feel free to email Marty to ask him those
I'd be curious to hear the answer myself.
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!
> --- 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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