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.
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.
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.
In the 2020/2021 Winter edition of Field Notes, you will read about many of the exciting developments happening within DO that enable us to fulfill our mission.