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A Special Employee

28th July 2017: This is Joyce or Joycee as she is called on the farm, where she is one of our longest serving employees. We gave her a little house and a job when we heard that she had no place to live with her son Boyd....

Visit to Masinja village, Mwase in Kasungu

16th May 2017 Harisen writes: This was organized by the Youth Act Malawi, a youth organization which has had a big impact on a huge part of Kasungu in areas of youth awareness on HIV, Sending the girl back to school, encouraging youth to take part in...

The Roadshow

23rd April 2017: After two years of semi drought in Malawi, more and more areas are looking for our assistance with pumps If an area asks we bring our sample, model pump to show people how simple it is and how easily maintained it is. We teach them...

The Disgrace of Broken Pumps

31st January 2017:   This well and pump, with many more, were installed by others many years ago, but  they have failed to function for many years now. Despite numerous requests no help has come their way and they were asked to pay what they couldn’t afford. Now...

A pump day

A pump day

23rd June 2016: The second step in the pump installation process is to deliver the fitting into which the pump is fixed, called the spider, as well as the cement needed. Today was the day to supply 5 pumps. Along the way we came to Livuwu Primary School...

Another white elephant

Another white elephant

29th April 2015: When this dam was complete I think the President helicoptered in to rant about the huge success it would be, all it cost in (in Dollars, Euro and whatever other brand of aid could be accumulated) on the promise of the enormous benefit...

Finding our way

7th September 2014: Almost ten years ago we went to Malawi first, having no great love for going to Africa, ever, but we got interested in the stupidity of a World that couldn't do anything about a simple water crisis. We have enabled over half a million...

A sorryful sight

A sorryful sight

24th March 2014: I'm sure this well was installed by some very well meaning people, probably of Christian origin, who sang, prayed and rejoiced with this community as a new pump was installed here. I figure this was installed in about 2000 or so, and maybe lasted...

Having a go

Having a go

16th October 2013: This young man offered to be the first to have a go on the new pump. This was a very remote village about 35 km from Mzuzu. The chief came to Harisen to ask if W4Z could help with three pumps and here we were. The...

Great help

Great help

11th October 2013: This was the fourth of five pumps today. It was a replacement pump where the original pump failed (see this blip) and no one would return to fix it. The villagers took off the cover and cleaned out the original well (which was...

The state of Africa

The state of Africa

8th October 2013: I accompanied William and Harisen on a visit to a new area today to look at newly dug wells and broken pumps with a view to installing 5 more on Friday next. The pump in the picture was installed about nine years ago, failed...

New Village Preschool

New Village Preschool

13th June 2013: Casca and Florence were busy today as they seem to have visited five remote village communities with new preschool groups. The buildings vary but the enthusiasm remains: the enthusiasm of remote women, with little formal education to have education for their children. This idea has...