In the morning we attended a local church called “Flood Church.” It was started by a church in San Diego, California. We’re trying to connect Hugo and Bre with a local church, and they were very welcoming. The pastor is Malawian, and there were probably 500 people in the second service. It was a special Sunday, because five people were baptized and there was a celebration with food.
We arrived in the community called Msiyankhuni and talked with many community members including the village headman named Standford Mbewe. This community is quite remote, as we drove for miles from the main road down a dirt path. There were mud and homemade brick homes with grass roofs.
We arrived successfully in Zambia with no issues passing through the border and arrived at the Living Water International office in Chipata. The office just opened up because as of last December. We were greeted by Victor (the office director) and other LWI staff members along with DO’s Moonga.
We arrived at our lodge late afternoon in Malawi – exhausted from a long travel from Ohio. There is increased COVID awareness since our last visit in December. Now we needed to produce papers that we were tested within 72 hours of arrival and went through a tent outside to be questioned.
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If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to partner with Design Outreach, this is it! We are thrilled to announce the launch of DO’s Community LifePump+ campaign. Through this campaign, we invite anyone and everyone to participate in raising funds to provide safe, reliable water to a community in need.
Margaret’s story is a common one. She is the sole breadwinner for her family, and not only her children, but her late sister’s children as well. As a seamstress, she made uniforms for one school to keep food on the table and pay the rent on her small, rundown house.
For the past year, the DO Malawi team has been distributing COVID-19 supplies and providing training on protocols to prevent the spread of the disease. The funds for this important work came from donors like you who supported our HandWASHing for All campaign, as well as support from Christian Aid Ministries.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week is celebrated the week of April 18. Design Outreach began as a group of volunteers who wanted to use their abilities to further God’s kingdom and help others. Currently, Design Outreach benefits greatly from having 60 volunteers across a wide spectrum of disciplines from engineering to marketing to office support and more. Last year, Design Outreach … Read More
Hugo and Bre van der Walt are counting down the days to their upcoming move to Malawi in July, where Hugo will work on location as the Malawi Field Engineering Director. Recently, they were excited to share with their friends and family some of the tastes and sounds that will soon become part of their daily experience by hosting several … Read More