AFRICA REPORT 2015

-AFRICA REPORT 2015
Kurt Dahlin Wednesday, October 28, 2015
 
Our recent missionary journey to Africa (May 18-June 10, 2015) was a very productive venture even though the time was shorter than usual and our American team of five was smaller than usual. We still were able to reach over 6,500 people with the gospel. The vast majority of those 6,500 people were Muslim. We ended up with a team of 16 when combined with our local partners. There were 6 Malawians on the medical team and 5 more Malawians from Blantyre Foursquare Church on the mission team. The president of Foursquare Malawi travelled with us. The Breakwater also hosted a series of medical clinics in partnership with a local ministry called Heart To Heart. They were able to do medical clinics in 6 villages in very remote areas of Mangochi. They were able to see 1261 sick people and use medicines and supplies our mission donations purchased for them. The medical team also had an exorcist that cast out numerous demons. During our tour we visited 30 boreholes. Some of them were recently installed and others over 11 years old. Some were retrofits that WWFA restored from the defunct Play Pumps disaster. We did follow up as was appropriate and tons of children’s ministry. God gave us favor everywhere we went. We stayed very well and none of us got malaria this season. That is until we got to the USA and Jacob developed a very severe case of falciparum malaria. He spent 5 days in the hospital in Long Beach, CA.  As a result, we implemented a new team policy that every team member is required to get a malaria test prior to leaving Malawi. The local cost of a malaria test is about $1.25 and the results are instantaneous. If the diagnosis is positive we can purchase the necessary medication locally and for pennies. We have another team going in July. They were able to reach 3,000 with the gospel. They also took the malaria test before leaving Malawi and three of the team tested positive even before they had any symptoms. They were able to catch it very early and treat it without any horrible consequences.
 
The arena of focus for our 2015 visit in Mangochi and Machinga is predominantly Muslim. There are very few Foursquare churches which normally form the core of our ministry. And those churches are very small and struggling due to the oppression from the Muslims. We stayed for over a week in that area showing the Jesus film every night in the Yao language. Since the water wells had been installed in six new villages we had the opportunity to be invited by the village chiefs to show the Jesus Film. In one location we showed the film about the life of Christ on the grounds of a mosque. It would have been impossible to imagine that we would have been invited and protected and allowed to show the Jesus film if it were not for the gift of water and the medical clinics that we provided. The village chief in each particular village told the gathered people to have respect for our program to be at peace and to enjoy what we were bringing to show them. We stayed at a little Foursquare church that was pastored by a man who had converted from Islam. His church is very small because people were afraid to attend so everyone was encouraged and strengthened. I know that God's Word is powerful. Even in that very difficult situation I'm sure there are people who saw Jesus high and lifted up and who for the first time have seen the true gospel message.
 
Chimombo village has a population of 1,500 people. This is the first borehole—ever in that area. Siza Matalika, "This is the first borehole in this area. From the previous water source the women only got two buckets of water a day. They went out at sunrise and come back at 8 a.m. and then make another trip in the evening." 


Ida Wyson told me, "I used to draw 3 buckets of water a day at one hour per trip. Now I get 4 or 5 buckets of clean water. I live 5 minutes from the borehole. I use water for cooking, washing, and bathing. I have a small garden and I use the water to grow tomatoes. I love this water and I am very thankful." 

Steven McFurry said, "My family lives about 1 kilometer from the new borehole. It was a long journey before down the hill and across the little valley. My wife Rebecca, would draw one or two buckets of contaminated water each day. Now the borehole is near and she can go whenever she wants and get five or six buckets of clean water each day." 

Since this is the first sustainable water source in that area people from two other villages come to draw water here. Malola village has 60 families or about 360 people. Kaupa village has 270 people. Please pray for Pastor Richard and his family has he ministers among the Yao people in very difficult circumstances.
 
Sunday, May 24th 2015 we went to Chawa Village to show the Jesus film 2 mostly Muslims in the tobacco farm. It was a beautiful clear starry night. The inverter and little projector worked perfectly they were probably 600 people for the Jesus film we are 17 kilometers from Chimombo.

Monday, May 25th 2015 the Chawa village borehole was dedicated to Brittany Harris. It was installed April 9th 2015 a depth of 35 meters. There were a bunch of ladies that came singing very joyfully. I asked our guide, “What are they singing?” He said they are singing, “Let’s go see if we have a borehole in our village. We are thanking the organization who brought water to our village. We were drinking from dirty sources. We are lucky we have received a borehole." They just made the song up as they went. It was so interesting to know what they were singing. The chief, Amos Chawa is also a group village headman of 6 villages. Chief Chawa said, "It's as if we're dreaming.” I asked the chief, "How long have your ancestors lived here?" Chawa answered. “I don't know how old I am. I can remember back about 5 generations but nobody knows... A long time. So in all that time we never had a borehole no one has ever promised a borehole here." WWFA first came to this area in 2011. So it's taken 4 years to make this dream come true for Chawa Village. The chief never even dreamed of having a borehole in his lifetime. Edwin White installed the first plaque for Brittany Harris of 3 boreholes in honor of her hard work. Edwin White and I taught the Homemade Hygiene program and they loved it. They clapped and sang and cheered throughout the entire presentation.
We returned to our camp at Chimombo and ate lunch of encima, sweet potatoes and greens. We didn’t buy any chickens so we are on a vegetarian diet.
 
Later we left for Chileka Foursquare to show the Jesus Film. We expected to drive 2 hours according to Edwin but it was only 30 minutes. I was shocked since Edwin wanted us to move our camp—which we didn’t do. It is easier to drive to a ministry point than it is to pack up everything and establish a new camp site. It was another windless starry night. We are showing the super Jesus film in a large pitch with a little grass. The Big Dipper was very low in the northern sky and in full glory.
 
Tuesday May 26th 2015 a big borehole day. It was a very busy day visiting 10 boreholes. Four of which we installed last year and six new ones that were just recently completed.

We started out by visiting 5 boreholes in the Katema mountains. 

We drove the dust road to Kalima village. The Kalima borehole was installed May 22nd 2014 just a year ago by the time of our visit. It was 51 meters deep but still very low recovery. It only yielded 14 buckets of water per day. There are 180 families who would use this borehole. Kalima village was low yield with a slow recovery which isn't good enough for me so we decided to re-drill down the hill at the end of the road in a more promising area. Our plan was to find another location and re-drill. We were not satisfied that we had made a serious attempt over a couple of years to bring water here to Kalima village. Our goal is to bring water not to make attempts. So I walked with Edwin and some of the local leaders down a small path to a ravine. On the other side there was an open area that was surrounded by trees. Edwin said, "We can find water there." I told him, "Let's do this as soon as possible but how will we get there there's no road?" The chief said, "We will build a road." I'm happy to report that in August 2015 WWFA was able to find an abundant supply of fresh clean water from that newly drilled area in Kalima. I'm so happy for those people to finally have a sustainable water source. 

By noon time we made it to the Emanuel village borehole installed May 19th 2014 and dedicated to Mo Bohsali. I was happy to find it working nicely one year later. Again we had interviews with the local people who told us there's been a complete reduction of waterborne diseases. 

Chileka village borehole was next on our stop. It was installed May 20th 2014 and dedicated to Northrop Grumman. While we were there we were invited by Mr. Mbewe to have lunch at his house. We ate chicken and encima; that was really nice of him. He lives next door to the borehole. There were a bunch of boys we tried to interview but they were too shy. I asked them if they remembered us from last year. Of course they did. I asked how many times they've seen the Jesus film they said three times.
 
Kapalulu borehole was dedicated to Kathleen Keim. I took a number of interviews from some local people and also from a young student named Luiza Joseph. Normally when we go to a recent borehole I like to speak to the women about the changes that having accessible and sustainable clean water makes in the village. However at Kapalulu there are a number of young girls in their school uniforms so I asked one of them about the health benefits of a borehole. Her name was Luiza Joseph she is 10 years old. This borehole was put in over a year ago and so I wanted to ask her about the changes that year have made in her life. She said, “I used to get up at 5 am to get one bucket before school. I go to Chileka primary school and it takes me an hour to walk to school. I knock off school at 12 noon and walk home and eat about 1 pm I would go to Kapalulu River and draw two more buckets of water. It would take me 2 hours up to 3 o'clock to finish collecting water. Now I get up at 7 am to get one bucket of water then I will get two more buckets after school. I am finished before one o'clock and I have more time to study. After school and after my household chores I now have plenty of time for my studies since the borehole is close by. I have not been sick for a year and have not missed school or been late. I am in standard three and my grades have improved. I am now the third highest in my class. I'm a very good student and my teacher loves me very much.” Luiza is the granddaughter of Mathias Bewale.
 
Mathias Bewale said, “The women would get up at 4 am to gather water and return by 7 am. During the dry season they waited a longer time for water. When the rainy season came all the waste from the uplands made all the water contaminated.” 


Margaret Kumbukami said, “There has not been one case of diarrhea since the borehole was placed in June 2014 of last year. We can wash, take baths, and make gardens. Now that water is available we will make gardens and make bricks to build houses. It is a dream come true.”

We heard that so many times this year that the water was something they never thought would ever happen to them. We heard it over and over again it's a dream come true. 

Matthias said, “I never dreamed in my lifetime that I would drink from a borehole since I was born I have never drank water from a borehole.”
Margaret said, “We have a schedule so every day we assign people to come and clean the surrounding area. Over 100 children will benefit from this borehole. Our young girls can come quickly and draw water easily and take a shower and go to school. It increases school attendance because they used to go so far for water.”
 
At each village with a new borehole I always ask about the health benefits and since this area had a borehole for over a year I wanted to know if there have been any significant improvements in health. The Emmanuel borehole was installed May 19, 2014 which is just over a year ago. One good thing is it still working. In this particular village we made the first waterslide in Malawi. We put out a big tarp got water and soap and told the little kids we will give them candy if they would slide down which they did very happily. I asked a bunch of young students about the health benefits of the borehole. I said has there been a reduction of waterborne diseases in the last year? Lisa Same said, “Palibe,” that is to say there is not one case of water borne disease since last year. Lisa said that “Before the borehole 50-100 people were sick each year and some died but as of now since the installation of the borehole there are none.” She said, “We are very very happy.” 

At the Chileka borehole which was installed May 20, 2014 I talked with Rosina Ebrae she said, “People were getting diarrhea because they were drawing water before from dirty sources but not anymore. There are no more cases of diarrhea anymore, before the borehole came so many people suffered from diarrhea. Every year some two people would die.” But she said, “Palibe” which means not even one is suffering. I asked if she was happy. Then she said, “Kwabasi” which means very much happy.

Tuesday May 26th 2015 Matalika /Robert village Brittany’s Dream number 3. This village has 68 families. I spoke to Judith Chirwa about the changes that the borehole has made in the village. Judith said, "It took me 1 hour to get a bucket of water and we could only get one bucket of day. There were so many waterborne diseases. No one died but there was much suffering. With the coming of the borehole we are all very much excited." 

We had carried over with us some funny glasses and crepe paper and other fun things for our borehole dedications. We took some pictures of the ladies in the funny glasses. We gave three Brittany t-shirts that we also had taken over with us to use at her borehole dedications. After this we went back to the Chimombo village for dinner and then we went to Imaani Village and showed the Jesus film to 600 people. 

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 we arrived at the Imanni borehole about noon. It was installed April 13th 2015 this was also dedicated to Brittany Harris, her fourth borehole. There are four hundred families from the surrounding area that will use this one borehole. We had a huge lemonade party at Imaani Village for Brittany. There was a medical clinic and children's ministry. From Imaani we went to Kazembe village. It was only 17 kilometers but it took us an hour to get there. It wasn't too bad really. It was a beautiful blue awesome cloud kind of a day. The weather has been perfect. 


Kazembe village is a very secluded Muslim village in the Mangochi district about 250 kilometers north and east of Blantyre. This borehole was installed in May 2015. Because we brought water to their village for the first time the Muslim chief welcomed us and gave us permission to show the Jesus film. People were scattered all around in the grasses and on the road and under the trees. It would have been inconceivable to imagine that we would have been invited to show the life of Jesus in the Muslim area without the gift of a water well. There were at least 450 people that night on the mosque front yard in Kazembe. We dedicated this borehole to Greg and Stephanie Gustafson. James Lajab has lived in Kazembe village his entire life. He told me, “We have been drinking water from hand dug wells. We are all very happy." 

Mercy Paulo told me, “I got 4 buckets of water a day before the installation of the borehole. Now I can get 6 buckets. I rose early to get two buckets because so many women were there and I got two more buckets in the afternoon. I am very grateful. I can come anytime I want and no one fights over the water. This water is safe. I'm able to do more work at home because water is close by. There is no more water problem." Mercy is a member of the Kazembe water committee that will be trained to maintain and repair the new borehole. Their training was completed in October 2015.
 
We spent a week up in this particular area of Mangochi and with the medical team I believe that we made a lasting impact for good. Then we moved south to a new area of Mangochi to see some boreholes that were installed by WWFA in 2004.
 
Thursday, May 28th 2015 Maone village has a population of 45 families which is about 380 people. We dedicated this borehole to Scott Lewis by request of Pastor Don Roy and the Pathway Church in California. The people were forced to get water from swamps in the rainy season and from holes dug in the dry river beds in the dry season. Maone borehole was installed April 6th 2015. It is 64 meters deep. 
I spoke with the chief, Kaunde Abil Maone. In Chichewa he is called Umfumu. " I am very much happy the borehole is here. We were drinking very dirty water. It is the grace of God that you put a borehole here in my village. It will help our families be healthy by drinking safe water. Our little girls collected water for hours each day from faraway places. Sometimes the parents went to look for them thinking that they were lost. We all feel happy for the borehole." I told the chief that wherever WWFA has installed a new borehole that cholera has been eliminated. Chief Maone informed me, "With malaria you can wait for treatment. But diarrhea is more deadly. If you don't get treatment you can die in one day." 

After the borehole celebration we drove a short distance through a footpath to a large open pitch or soccer field. We set up the Jesus film and showed pictures from the borehole when it was being installed. They went crazy with joy seeing themselves on the big screen. Then a group of ladies came through the grassy fields singing loudly. I asked our guide what they singing. He said, "They are singing," 'Things like this are rare in this area but Maone Village has won.'" And they brought us dinner in the field singing in joyful triumph. We showed the Jesus film to over 800 people and the Muslim chief joined us and sat with us through the entire film show. 

Friday May 29th 2015 we left that area and went to Imaani borehole to add some more pump rods. So we didn't leave until 5:30 pm. We never made it to Kela: the next village on our itinerary. Instead we stayed the night at Lake Malawi at the Nkhudzi Lodge
 
Saturday May 30th 2015 we left Lake Malawi at 11:30 am. We had to go to Monkey Bay to get fuel since there was none at the two gas stations along the road. We bought five frozen chickens for dinner. It was almost impossible to find Kela in the daylight I don't know how they found this place originally. We arrived at the Kela village borehole after 3 o'clock. It was only 74 kilometers. We would never have made it last night. It was a good thing we stayed at the lake. Kela borehole was installed April 30th 2004 which was exactly 11 years ago. We dedicated this borehole to Daryl and Tanya Muncey. They have been longtime contributors and supporters to Water Wells For Africa and we wanted to honor them for their generosity by dedicating this very old well that continues to give really sweet water. Three villages use the Kela water well about 150 families which is about 900 to 1000 people. 
 
I was excited to find the borehole in Kela village was still working and producing sweet water after 11 long years. And so I asked the local people gathered at the well about the long-term benefits of having accessible clean water. 

Chrissy Chipala told me, “I remember how far dirty water was before the borehole now this well is close to my home. I am very happy.” There was another young lady there named Monica Nason. Monica is 30 years old. She said, “I was 19 years old when the borehole came. I used to get up at 4 am and walk three and a half hours to the Thema River. It was so far away. I would go with my mother and my sister and get 3 buckets of water. Now I can get 4 buckets personally. I can come anytime. I have never been sick with waterborne disease in 11 years and we were really suffering.” 

My favorite conversation was with a 13 year old girl named Patricia M'bwana. Patricia told me, “I started coming to the borehole with my mother when I was 3 years old. I would carry a small bucket of water on my head. Since I was 10 years old I learned to ride a bike by myself. Now I can come 5 times a day with two large jerry cans. I have never suffered from any waterborne disease and I've never heard of anyone who has.”

Mr. Rodrigo Gina told me, "I have been living here since 1981. I remember in April 2004 when the borehole came. I was so happy. So many people are suffering from cholera. Now there is palibe cholera nor any other waterborne diseases. These children have never known the suffering from cholera. There has been no waterborne disease in 11 years." 

After the 11 year birthday party for the Kela borehole we went to the Foursquare church to set up our camp for the night. The church was really a mess, full of wasp nest and ants and very narrow mud pews. We were invited to stay at a local home. So we drove both vehicles down a very narrow footpath through the corn field to a big baobab tree where a church member lived name John. We set up our camp in his courtyard and gave the kitchen a lot of food to feed everyone. We set up the Jesus film equipment. It was early so we showed some of the video Training Your Dragon 2. Jacob had taken pictures at the Kela borehole party and also pictures of people as we were setting up the film. We showed those pictures of the locals at night on the big screen and they went crazy with delight, laughter and screaming with each new picture. It was a warm, windless, bigger moon bright night. We estimate the audience for the Jesus film in Kela at 450.
 
We spent 2 nights in Kela at a house of a man who was an elder in the local Foursquare Church. He said that our visit had taken away their reproach in the village. Apparently they had become the brunt of scorn but now that we visited them they really felt like they had a new boldness and a new credibility within their own community. Another thing I noticed in Kela Village, which had a borehole for 11 years without any waterborne diseases, is that all the children looked so much healthier then in any other village we had been in so far. They were cleaner, their clothes were cleaner, their skin look better, their eyes looked brighter, chubby cheeks, no runny noses, no dry patches on their heads. It was really an amazing visual evidence of a long term benefit of clean water. It was actually remarkable enough for us to take a number of pictures of these little kids because they looked just so much better than and the kids in other villages where WWFA is just putting in new boreholes. 

Sunday, May 31st 2015 after church we went to the next borehole at a village called Saida Matola. It took us an hour and a half to go 10 kilometers. The “non-road” was so difficult and we got so lost that we picked up people we found along the road as guides—so we finally made it there. This borehole is also 11 years old installed in April 10, 2004. We met with Kenneth Kachingwe who was a member of the water committee from the very beginning. Kenneth told us, “This borehole is close to the people. No one needs to leave early and queue. They can come anytime and draw water. Before the installation of this pump many people were suffering. But now there's no more cholera." He is, "Kwambiri" which means very much happy. Simon Machina said, "Waterborne diseases were a big problem. We even lost two ladies. But now it is no longer a problem. I have not been sick from waterborne disease since the installation of the borehole 11 years ago." 

We showed the Jesus film at Kela village again for 400 people and then we took another team and show the film at Saida Matola for about 300 people. It was a cloudy day which kept it very cool…almost a full moon and a very pleasant village and very nice people. 

Monday, June 1st 2015 we packed up from Mangochi and we are leaving for Machinga to the south. We visited two schools where WWFA retrofitted the horrible play pumps: Thema II School and Thema I Primary School. I gave the principal at Thema II a solar lantern because they had no lights at night. That would be a great project to find some way that they could have solar powered lights to study by. At Thema I they sold the play pump equipment to get money to help maintain the borehole.

At this point we had driven over a thousand very challenging kilometers and we still had a few more days left of our 2015 WWFA site inspection tour.
 
We wanted to get to Machinga where we had five new water wells and then out to Phalombe where we had eight new water wells. There were two in particular that I really wanted to see in Phalombe that were not finish last year in June 2014 when I came with the WWFA inspection team.
 
On Monday, June 1st 2015 we drove down from Lake Malawi and then east toward the Mozambique border and south to Machinga through some beautiful mountains where we saw a large family of baboons. By the time we arrived it was just about sunset so we got to see two boreholes but when we reached the third well it was too dark to see the name so we would come back in the morning. We set up camp at a house up the footpath in the area between the house and the tobacco drying shed. On the dark, very narrow trail, the road collapsed and the 4 x 4 fell face first into a big hole. The back wheels were off the ground and the grill was wedged against the side of the ditch. I figured that it would take a couple of hours to dig it out and lift it up with the help of our local friends. I positioned as many people as possible on the back bumper to weigh down the back tires. There was a group on the front fenders to lift and push. I put it in low 4x4 and it back out without any hesitation. I couldn’t believe it. It was a miracle that we got it out and without any serious damage.
 
On Tuesday, June 2nd we got all packed up and visited three boreholes the first one was in Nthiniwa Village #2. This borehole was installed May, 9th 2015 and we dedicated it to Brian and Bentley Schoening. The chief, Mr. Khantchemana, said, "Ever since British rule we've have never had a borehole. Even since the Malawian government we've had no borehole.” These five boreholes installed by WWFA are the first boreholes in this area since the beginning of the world.

Agnes Mussa told me, "I would get 5 buckets per day but the lines at the water source were so long it would take 4 hours a day. Now I can get 5 buckets in one hour.” I asked her what she did with all her free time. Agnes said, "I can do gardening, household chores, I can take maize to the maize mill.” I asked, "Are you happy about the borehole?" She got a big smile and said, "Sangalala kwambiri," which means very much excited. Then she said, "I never imagined in my life that I would drink from a borehole." 

I asked Agnes, "How has the borehole changed your life?” 

Agnes said, "The household work has become lighter because the borehole is close to where we live. I have six children. My two girls go with me to collect water. The girls can come 2 times and I can come 4 times each day. In total we can carry eight buckets a day. I use the extra water for washing, bathing, and household chores." 

Mr. Bridon Nthiniwa, the group leader of numerous villages said, "No one ever thought we would have a borehole. It is very rare, not even since my parents" which is to say—a very long time.
 
We drove 23 harsh kilometers to Mchesi Village and dedicated the new borehole to Keith and Julie Lundquist. In Mchesi Village the women were climbing down a steep hillside on hand dug footholds into a small ravine. At the bottom they carefully made their way up a little creek about 35’ where the water was seeping out through the ravine wall. They placed little leaves into the soil wall that re-directed the water into their buckets. The new borehole is in the center of the village area and easily accessible for everyone. Estere Hassan told me, “I used to get four buckets of water from the dirty source each day. I worked from 7 am to noon every day. Now I can get 7 buckets of clean water in only one hour. It tastes great. In the past we drew water from a dirty source. I have more time for farming, the garden and cooking. Students can get to school on time.”
 
Brenda Gondwe is 13 years old and a student at Tambalale School, “I can get 5 buckets of water a day. I used to get up at 5am now rising at 6am I can get 3 buckets before school. I knock off school at 1 o’clock and would work on getting water until 4pm. Now I can easily get 2 buckets in the afternoon and I have more time for my studies. My grades have improved. People are sick every year from the dirty water and some die.”
 
After this celebration we went to Upile Village. The borehole was installed on May 05, 2015. As we drove up to the new borehole the ladies saw us and ran down to the water well and started singing. “We’ve just seen white people here. These are the people who brought the borehole. We didn’t know that we would receive visitors today. Let’s go see them. We are worried that this organization would come to an end. We want them to continue.” The village chief, Kim Mussa Mapaliro joined them, “We are so happy…more than happy to have this borehole. I never dreamed of having a borehole. Five villages will use this water source.”
 
We also were able to visit some Play Pump retrofits. The Play Pumps are a merry-go-ground style water pump. They were an absolute failure. WWFA returned and financed the installation of all new hand pumps at every school that we fitted with Play Pumps. One retrofit was at Brenda Gondwe’s school. The repaired borehole at Tambalale School had plenty of good water. We finished visiting the five new boreholes in Machinga that were just put in last month in May 2015 and in every place people are so happy
 
It was late in the day on Tuesday, June 2nd as we headed further south and east to Phalombe. By this time we'd seen 20 boreholes and we're going to see 10 more before we are finished with our tour. And in every place where WWFA had installed boreholes there's been a hundred percent reduction in water borne diseases. 
 
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
 
We started the day by visiting the Thuluwa Village borehole dedicated to Brittany Harris last year. This was the first water well with WWFA financed by Brittany. The ladies were lined up since early morning drawing clean, delicious water. It was great to see this water well still operating perfectly after one year.
 
The Namalanga Village borehole was installed on September 23, 2013 and dedicated to Eddie Braun in June 2014. There are 150 families who use this water source. Joyce Chamasowa lives nearby, “All the families in this area are thankful for this borehole.”  I asked Joyce, “In a year and a half since the borehole was installed has there been any sickness from the water?” She quickly stated, “Palibetu” which means completely not. She noted, “The water committee is doing their job and making repairs. We are charged 250 Malawian kwacha a year which is very fair.” MK250 is worth about $.50 US at the time.
 
The Tambalika Village borehole was installed on July 5, 2014 and dedicated to Doug and Sunny Bray. Tambalika was first drilled last year. Yet, when we came for inspection it was low yield and not deep enough. So WWFA requested a re-drill. We want water sources not statistics. The statistic we treasure is sustainability. This area is densely populated. In the dry season people from all over must come here. In October there are long lines at the borehole. So I was very please to finally get a stable water point established in Tambalika. Stella Million told us, “There is plenty of water all the time. We like this water very much. We like it because it is very clean compared to where we were getting our water.” I learned a new Chichewa word. I asked the ladies gathered to collect water this question, "Since the borehole was installed last year has there been any waterborne disease?" Stella Million said, "Iyai," which means no, none at all. There has been “palibe cholera."  Stella added, "Currently no one has had cholera compared to in the past when we drew water from a dirty source. At that time there was a high rate of sickness from water. About 50 people a year would suffer.” Stella told me that, "In 2010 ten people died from cholera because we are drinking from unsafe water.” She noted, "We were in great trouble. We can't stop praying for you. We even pray for you in our small group."
 
One of my favorite boreholes is in a village called Lupiya. It was installed September 21st 2013. We went there to get some sweet water for our teams and also to check in to see if it was still working. We met Agnes Solomon, who is the chief's wife. Agnes said, "We are so happy. It means the end of the poverty of water. The borehole has greatly improved the health of the people." The borehole at Lupyia was installed one year and 8 months ago. Agnes Solomon said, "Since the installation of this borehole there has not been a single case of waterborne disease. We had been suffering a lot before the borehole was installed. The river was so far away. We appreciate it so much and we ask God to bless you abundantly." 

There are at least 50 families that come to this borehole. And each family will draw at least 4 buckets at 30 liters per bucket each day. That's a minimum of 200 buckets a day which is at least 6,000 liters of clean water from this borehole.
 
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 we had an opportunity to see our 27th borehole on this inspection tour of duty. It is in a village called Hapara in the Phalombe district. This also is one of my favorite boreholes. The Hapara borehole was installed September 18th 2014. It is dedicated to John and Mary Lou Bray. I came to this remote area in the summer of 2013 and we drilled in two different locations over three days and failed to get a good water source established. Then in Summer 2014 I came back with a different group of drillers with different drilling equipment to do mud drilling, We were delayed for any number of reasons so I've never actually seen this borehole completed...until this year.  So it is with great joy and anticipation that I was finally able to come to Hapara and taste some of the sweetest water in the area. It was very delicious water. I talked to Sailes Lupiya who said, “Sangala. We have completely forgotten about the river. We can even draw water at night. It is not just this village that uses this borehole. There are three hundred families who use this borehole.”
 
 So many people use this as a water source so I ask them if they were healthier and they all said, “Kwambiri.” The Hapara borehole has been in use almost 1 year. I asked if there had been any reduction in waterborne diseases. Mr. Lupiya said, “Other villages are admiring the fact that we have ‘palibe’ no water borne diseases. Even the doctors have noticed the decrease in the cases of cholera in our village. We used to have at least 10 cases of cholera each year and many cases of severe diarrhea.”
 
There are about 200 families that will draw 4 or 5 buckets of clean water daily from the Hapara Borehole. At a minimum the water well will yield 800 buckets each day at 30 liters per bucket that is 24,000 liters of water…priceless.
 
Deborah Supedi is 13 years old. She explained. “I would get up at 3am and make 2 journeys to the Nampende River. There were long lines of people waiting for water. So it took much time. I was late for school 3 days a week. I knock off school at 2 pm, come home, eat and make 3 more journeys working up to 6 pm. Now I wake up at 6 am and collect one bucket of water. I am never late for school. I can get 6 more buckets after school. My grades have improved in school. The water is making me healthier. I have never been sick since the installation of the borehole. I was sick 5 times a year from bad water. I would be sick for 8 days for each sickness. I could not attend classes on those days.”
 
Deborah was sick and missed school on average 40 days each year. She was late for school three days a week. Now with clean water; she is never sick and never late for school. Multiply the benefits of clean water by the 200 families that will use this water well.
 
The Mwangala Village borehole was installed in June 2014. We met with Teresa last year and now we had a chance to check in with her again a year later. Teresa beamed, “I would rise at 4 or 5 am in the morning. Sometimes my 2 girls would rush to go to school and they would only get 2 buckets each morning. Agnes is 15 years old and Patricia is 14 years old. Girls start collecting water at 7 years old. My girls were late for school at least 3 times a week. Now they are always on time for school. They have more time for their studies because the water is close. I never dreamed that we would have a borehole here. We didn’t believe it would happen when they told us. It is a dream come true.”
 
The kids in Mwangala look healthier and cleaner in just one year since we visited in 2014. I asked the 100 kids that surrounded us if they had been sick from water in the past year. They shouted in unison, “Iyai” which means not at all. Waterborne disease and misery have been eliminated in every village where WWFA has installed a new water well.
 
Later that evening we visited the Utwa Village borehole. It was dark so we couldn’t see the installation date but it is still working and the water was good.
 
Thursday June 4th 2015
Our team is leaving Phalombe and heading to Blantyre. It was another hot and clear day. On the way we inspected our 30th borehole at Mtambalika Village. It was installed 8 years ago on July 5th 2007. A crowd quickly gathered so we had a chance to celebrate 8 years of clean pure sustainable water. The local water committee was second generation and continued to maintain their water well. They have repaired the borehole many times. The water is sweet and gives plenty of water every day for 8 years. Seventy families use this well. There were by now at least 50 women and children gathered to collect water and see the visitors. I asked them about the cases of waterborne diseases. They shouted joyfully, “Palibe” which in Chichewa means “none at all.”Shortly a large group of men gathered and I asked them about the health benefits of the borehole to see if they would confirm the women. John Mlatho said, “In 8 years there has been no cholera and no diarrhea.” All the men nodded and everyone agreed, “Kwambiri.” 
 
Jamia Kabotolo, a lady from the local village was so grateful even after 8 years. “There were high rates of waterborne diseases and people died every year. This water is good. Cholera is now history.”
 
SO ENDS THIS PORTION OF OUR 2015 WWFA INSPECTION TOUR.