Design Outreach leaders recently returned from doing field work in Malawi and Zambia where they conducted training, installed LifePumps and LifePumpLinks, met with partners and governmental officials and made plans for future impact.
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In Malawi, 1 out of every 9 people don’t have access to safe and reliable water. That’s over 2 million people. Thanks to your generosity, the community of Thamanda School in the Nkhata Bay district are now enjoying the benefits of safe and reliable water.
Design Outreach is launching its second annual Golden Cup event that starts June 21st and goes through July 3rd.
Our last few hours in Malawi are always bittersweet, missing our families back home but also leaving our family in Malawi. Beatrice often calls Malawi my second home, and I think she’s right. I look forward to returning to Ohio every time, but I’m always anticipating my next visit to Malawi. Traveling back to Ohio is not an easy journey, especially with COVID restrictions.
Today we attended a new church in search of a place that Hugo and Bre can call their church home when they move here in July. This time we visited a church on the African Bible College (ABC) Campus. ABC hosts a radio ministry, seminary, and hospital in Lilongwe. In fact, our longtime partner SonSet Solutions helped provide their Christian radio station.
Today we woke up, and after our usual morning devotions, we headed into the office for the start of the day’s meetings. On the way, we saw a group of kids playing football (aka soccer in the US), and we wanted to get some video footage for a future video.
After a quiet, peaceful rest, getting up to an amazing sunrise on Lake Malawi, watching a three-foot long monitor lizard sunbathe near my tent, and eating breakfast, we returned to the mainland shore for a day-long meeting with our team and marketing volunteer from Blantyre.
Greetings from Malawi! Yesterday I had the opportunity to revisit Chikwangwala community after six months of the LifePump being installed. We had a few purposes to visit, including filming a new, short documentary-style video highlighting the before and after story of a girl named Cecilia, which we’re so excited to share once ready.
Today we started off with a couple meetings at our DO office. The first meeting was with Pastor Gibson, who is a pastor in the southern providence of Malawi and is connected with the ministry Big Life. As DO, we’re continuing to build capacity with our Training of Trainers program and have been in talks with Big Life to train pastors who may be able to connect with communities and help maintain LifePumps in rural areas.