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Mary McCaffery

This summer I spent 6 weeks there. I was joined on my trip by 5 primary school teachers, a doctor, another Home Economics teacher and 7 university students and we all had a blast…


I was interested in doing volunteer work for a long time but was turned off so many other organisations due to the need to fund raise large amounts. Wells for Zoë welcomed me with open arms. I was drawn to them because of its authenticity and hands-on approach to their projects. Every cent given to Wells for Zoë goes directly to the projects in Malawi. Donations are not spent on administration or flights for volunteers. John’s record keeping of project expenses ensures that fundraisers get to see first hand how their donations are put to use. Mary’s kindly worded letters bring a human and heart warmed acknowledgement to every donation.


I was inspired this summer to see John and Mary at work. They work with endless enthusiasm and love for Malawi and its people everyday. The locals welcome them with open arms and an open heart. Mary and John have an understanding and respect for the culture and way of life in Malawi, something which took me and many volunteers some time to adjust too. This understanding allows Wells for Zoë not only to become part of a community but to bring new life and hope into the communities.


I spend my summer holidays playing with young children in Áras Kate, meeting some of their parents in Adult Education, teaching knitting to some inspiring mothers, doing some re-decorating, some weeding and digging and of course doing some teaching, all the time laughing, smiling and embracing life, Malawi style.


My experience this summer has shown me how it is possible to enjoy life with so little processions and how the smallest gift (food, a blanket) can make such a difference. A handshake, a smile, a hug or taking a photograph can actually make someone’s day…


My interest in Malawi and my work for Wells for Zoë will continue. I have become very fond it. It may be a small charity but it has a very big heart…


I’m looking forward to my next trip already…

Visited Malawi

Summer 2010