Easter 2005 was the start of it all, when Mary and John Coyne made their first trip to Mzuzu in Northern Malawi. Frustrated with the efforts and waste of money taking place in many of the larger charities they decided to set up a NGO to provide water in the area, and so they found Wells for Zoë.
They started to roll out the canzee pump in the area. The mechanism of the pump is simple, and easily fixable. In villages women are thought to maintain and repair the pump, which can be done easily. If a pump breaks, and is not repairable by the local community, the community will contact pump factory and the team will go out and repair or replace the pump.
A pump is inexpensive and therefore cost effective. Wells for Zoë has had the oppertunity to put in many pumps for very little cost giving thousands of people water. The biggest challange that the team face in Malawi are the roads.
Each year at Easter time a group of students come from DIT to meet the rural communities in Malawi and to give ideas and gain experience from the local communities. Each year Mary and John go to Malawi every six weeks for six weeks. They go through accounts and check on progress along with overseeing the factory based in Luwinga just outside the city of Mzuzu.
Everyone who travels to Malawi with Wills for Zoë will pay their own fair and accommodation, and can help in what ever part of the project they like.
No matter what you, do whether it is the gluing of parts or digging the well, when the pump is put in to the village the celebration of people will make you feel so proud of your contribution no matter of how big or small it is.
This Easter while in Malawi we celebrated 10 years of Wells for Zoë. Over the last 10 years the charity has moved into different areas such as schools, farming and the education their primary concern in Malawi is water. To celebrate the event we had a small presentation to Mary and John of a pump. This pump was crafted to as Mary put it ‘show the footprint left in Malawi’ by Wells for Zoë. The piece was created by Thomas Adlum
The piece will take a special part in the factory, and the team and friends of the team who are the future of Wells for Zoë took a special part of our table that night, with memories of the last ten years flowing and the hope for many more to come where this small pump can give a village clean water and stopping disease such as diarrhoea and reducing instances of Malaria which is caused by stagnant water.