Subscribe to our mailing list

e-mail Format

Wells for Zoë Homepage – Wells for Zoë
19843
home,page,page-id-19843,page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-3.5.2,side_area_uncovered,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.0.1,vc_responsive

WHO WE ARE

Wells for Zoë – Water for Life

We are an Irish voluntary organisation, founded in 2005 and working mainly in Northern Malawi, focused on enabling the rural poor to access clean, safe, drinking water. Working with women’s self-help clusters, a package including preschool, Girl Child and adult education, and conservation farming, this bottom-up approach has a sustainable and life changing impact on communities.

we KNOW
CLEAN WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING

How can it be that so many people are deprived of this basic human right, considering that, in Northern Malawi, we can enable villagers access to clean, safe water for life at a cost of about one Euro each??

we are POSITIVE
YOUR CONTRIBUTION MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE
we PROMISE
100% of YOUR DONATION DELIVERED

We deliver 100% of all public donations to our projects; that means no admin fees, no wages, no hidden extras are taken away.  All the money goes to the people and their projects.

500,000

approx no. of PEOPLE provided with access to CLEAN WATER since 2005

98

THE GIRL CHILD PROJECT: supporting girls attending Secondary School

1

rural HEALTH CENTRE built

4

FARMS established for RESEARCH and TEACHING

3

GIRLS HOSTELS supported, to help with the GIRL CHILD Project

37

GIRLS to UNIVERSITY from Chipita School for 2014-2015 academic year

50

approx. PRESCHOOLS supported with materials for roofing

21,000

CERTIFIED SEEDLINGS harvested in 2015 ready for sowing and distribution

open-quotes

When people ask me what the most significant thing we did in Malawi was, I don’t reel off the list of physical things we changed. I don’t tell them about the labour on the farm or about the work we did later in the preschool. I tell them we met people. I tell them we connected with people. And if anyone asks me if I think we influenced change, I tell them we can’t affect change. But we can affect people.
Cassie Delaney
Volunteer

close-quotes

MEET some of US

These are some of the w4z people

From the Wells for Zoë workers in Malawi, to the Volunteers who met some of them, to those who volunteer in “Well, Well, Well” our Charity Shop in Dublin, to the Board, click and see the W4Z Personnel.

boy washes hands at pump
Wedding Day Gift – John and Louise
In Past Personal Fundraising Campaign
Julie Thornhill DIT
Julie Thornhill
In Volunteer
Lynne Swan DIT
Lynne Swan
In Volunteer
Tessa Fleming volunteering in Malawi
Tessa Fleming
In Volunteer
Aisling O'Sullivan
Aisling O’Sullivan
In Volunteer
Elaine Bolger and Alenipher
Elaine Bolger
In Board Member / Volunteer
Ciarán O'Leary volunteering with W4Z
Ciarán O’Leary
In Board Member / Volunteer
Sharon Loscher volunteering with W4Z
Sharon Loscher
In Volunteer
Melissa Grant volunteering with W4Z
Melissa Grant
In Volunteer
Cassie Delaney volunteering with W4Z
Cassie Delaney
In Volunteer

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND W4Z

The Wells for Zoë Board Members

Below are some of the people behind the Wells for Zoë ‘machine’. These are by no means the most important as that accolade is probably reserved for the people of Malawi who are helping themselves to a better future. More of our very special volunteers, Board members and Malawian workers can be found here.

team_image
CEO

John Coyne

John co-founded Wells for Zoë in 2005 after a visit to Malawi which had left him saddened and bewildered as to the suffering caused by what he saw as the lack of access to readily available water.

team_image
Education Officer

Mary Coyne

Co-founder of Wells for Zoë along with her husband John, a former teacher and lecturer, she leads the education team in Malawi.

team_image
Chair of the Board

Ann Burnell

Emeritus Professor of Biology at NUI Maynooth, Ann and her husband are lifelong friends of the Coyne family She is a hands-on Chair of the Board.

team_image
Secretary of the Board

Ciarán O'Leary

Head of Learning at DIT, Ciarán has been to Malawi as a volunteer before becoming the secretary. He, along with his colleages and students at DIT, are some of the most active members of the w4z family.

What we are AIMING for in

WATER, FARMING, EDUCATION

We are always in the business of installing pumps: the Malawian people dig the wells, we provide and install the pump, and hey presto they have clean safe water to drink close to their homes. The endless cycle of walking miles for (often disease-ridden) water is broken and they can then concentrate on living rather than simply surviving.
One of the next things that comes is a little farming to grow their own food and maybe even some to sell to make survival money. We harvest and distribute our own Ministry Certified Seedlings from our model farms – no GM fertiliser-hungry seedlings for us.
The other area that access to clean water lets us move onto is the Education of the Girl Child and we are very focused on this at present enabling 98 girls to attend secondary school – part funded by the w4z Charity Shop and our donors.

Pumps Installed so far in 20160

Certified Seedlings Harvested0

Girls Supported in School by donors0

OUR NEWS

All our newest and oldest posts

These are predominantly our blog posts from Blipfoto (our daily Phlog or photo-blog) but some are other news items we want to share, coupled with progress from the various parts of the Wells for Zoë ‘machine’.  Various press items and coverage are also included here. Stay tuned…

The first three below are our most recent posts and the final three are our first posts.

  • Grafted Mango

    Grafted Mango

    21st November 2016: This is one of our four Greenhouses. Here Mango rootstock has had an improved variety mango Tomy Atkins grafted on to its main stem. This means that t...

  • Scheming

    Scheming

    20th November 2016: This is Harisen with Renny Mulholland, from the UK who over the years has supported us in so many ways. He is a gifted man with a heart of gold. Here ...

  • Girls fees

    Girls fees

    19th November 2016: This is the Principal, some parents and some students from Chiguere CDSS (Community Day Secondary School) talking to Mary in the only spot available o...

  • John Waters

    A drop of sense in a small world

    JOHN WATERS’ IRISH TIMES ARTICLE “A drop of sense in a small world” Monday, January 8, 2007 Wells for Zoë, water for life. Zoë we’ll come to. &#...

  • John Waters

    Finding a well of goodwill

    JOHN WATERS’ IRISH TIMES ARTICLE “Finding a well of goodwill” Friday, April 27, 2007     The new well at M’Bama is contaminated, the wo...

  • Sinead O'Connor

    Sinead O’Connor to collaborate with John Waters

    Sinéad O’Connor has collaborated with former Hot Press scribe John Waters on a charity song that will be released in March The Hot Press Newsdesk, 15 Feb 2008 Waters...

OUR SUPPORTERS

PEOPLE WHO HAVE HELPED FUND W4Z

We have had great help over the years from many donors but those shown below are some organisations who have shown us great support. Without their help we would not be able to operate on the scale we would like to.  We still pay all administration costs ourselves and 100% of all donations go to Malawi so these organisations’ contributions all went to the heart of the matter.

CONNECT WITH US

GET SOCIAL

We are pretty social people so have a w4z Facebook page and a Wells Wells Wells Facebook page for our Charity Shop in Dublin. We have a Twitter feed, an Instagram site, and a YouTube channel. We also have a photo blog site (our phlog) with Blipfoto – the people behind the one photo everyday concept of blogging. We really want you to follow us and keep up-to-date with everything we are doing. This is important to us.

FACEBOOK

Keep in touch & share us

READ MORE

TWITTER

Follow us & stay tuned

READ MORE

INSTAGRAM

Know what we’re up to

READ MORE

YouTube

View some Video footage

READ MORE