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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 Climate Smart Agriculture, 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

262

Supporting GIRL CHILD students attending Secondary School in 2017-2018 academic year

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

70

approx. PRESCHOOLS supported with materials for roofing

42,000

CERTIFIED SEEDLINGS harvested in 2017 ready for sowing and distribution

500

PUMPS manufactured and installed in 2017

1

BOY qualified from THIRD LEVEL HORTICULTURE in 2017-2018 academic year

1

GIRL supported in NURSING COLLEGE for 2018-2019 academic year

48

Malawian workers EMPLOYED

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.

Visit to Mini preschool, Choma group outside
Cristina Maez
in Volunteer
Kevin at Lusangazi farm with drone
Kevin Dalferth
in Volunteer
Prominence Harawa
in current / Employee
Chrissy Mkandawire
in current / Employee
Laston Wundani
in current / Employee
Laura Mc Andrew & Grace
Laura Mc Andrew
in Volunteer
Kevin & Laura in training mode
Kevin Hegarty
in Volunteer
Florence Harawa
in current / Employee
Joyce
in current / Employee
Shannon Dijkhuizen
Shannon Dijkhuizen
in Mary I College Limerick / 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.

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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.

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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.

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Chair of the Board

Elaine Bolger

Elaine graduated with a first in her Business and management degree in DIT and has been to Malawi six times volunteering. She has been very much a hands-on member of the board for many years and just recently took over the Chair in 2018.

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Secretary of the Board

Eilís Butler

Eilís is the newest member of our board and got straight into action in many areas including database entry. Her retirement from her former job has been Wells for Zoë's gain and we hope we can keep up with her!

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 to date in 20170

Certified Seedlings Harvested to date in 20170

Girls Supported in School by donors 2017-20180

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.

  • 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, 15th 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

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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.

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