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Five pumps and questionable sunglasses

It's my 41st visit to Malawi and heading out with Alfred and Harrisen to install five pumps, in five different villages, in one day is tough going. I like to be where it most matters though, and seeing the sheer happiness and awe on the faces...

Tank

12th November 2107: Having just bored a well to accommodate a solar pump we now needed a tank for storage, so we pursued our favourite builder, Peter Zulu to come and build it and then progress to some more building work we needed. The pump first pumps...

It can’t be all work and no play…

Saturday school, it must be remembered, is an extra day of school for our girls. The extra tuition must also include some fun time, as many of these girls will be juggling tough house chores and duties along with their schoolwork. It's important that they...

A solar powered water pump for the factory

We have a bit of work on-going at the minute. We needed a better water system for the toilets and showers at the factory as we have many girls and workers passing through. A solar powered water pump seemed to be the best option. You can see...

Sowing tutorial for the teachers-to-be

So now that the sanitary pad project (as an addition to the Girl Child Project) is well underway, it's  important to ensure it's continuity once Áine and Sandy leave. Here you can see Áine in a small workshop that herself and Sandy ran with a small...

No electricity or internet? To the garden it is!

There is currently a major electricity issue in Malawi that has gotten progressively worse over the last number of months. For our volunteers, they arrived at a time where there are now spells of electricity outages for up to 30 hours. It's frustrating when there is...

From cook to pump-maker

Pictured is Chrissie - it's often hard to get her to look at the camera as she always has her head down working on something! She came to us one day looking for work. She didn't just come and ask though, she came with a great...

A special birthday

This is one of the Wells For Zoë girls, pictured with three of our current volunteers - Sandy, Áine and Kevin. Like all of the Wells For Zoë girls, she is very special to us and her story is the perfect example of both the resilience...

Our sewing Sandy and sanny pads!

I had grand ideas of sowing machines and the likes - when sometimes it only takes an outside pair of eyes (that are less emotionally engrossed in all things Wells for Zoë) to see that there was a simpler way. I'm talking about reusable sanitary pads....

Mary’s words of wisdom

When myself and Mary first met, I was the quieter one. Mary was always amazing at her job. A wonderful teacher and there wasn't much you'd get past her! Her teaching  career has undoubtedly been a huge asset to Wells For Zoë as she tries to...

Our 41st visit to Malawi

Mary and I made our 41st visit to Malawi today. As usual, Harrisen met us with a smiling face and we made the 4 hour journey from the airport in the capital city,  Lilongwe, to Mzuzu. When we got to the factory, we got everyone together,...

educational movies please!

28th October 2017: From Laura (one of the new volunteers) Hi John, Yes, I think bringing a projector would be a great idea as then you described appears to have disappeared! I think it would work well, but maybe not cartoons (Kevin and I just did a debate with the...