THE KENDRICK WELL
Donija Village, Malawi
Donor Report submitted by Dennis Singini, Director, WorldHope Corps Malawi with Michael Christensen, Director of WorldHope Corps, Inc. June 18, 2019
Village Area in northern Malawi has never had safe water, and they had to drink
water from streams where domestic and wild animals used to quench their thirst
too. Many children under the age of five
died each year from water-borne diseases.
May 2019, in response to their prayers, the people of DONIJA Village saw big
trucks entering their village. The children
were excited to follow the trucks from behind without knowing where they were
heading to and why. It was a good dawn for the people of DONIJA Village and the
surrounding villages. Ironically Donija villagers were denied a borehole ten
years ago when they presented the need and their water challenge to the Community
Development Committee. At that
particular time there were less than 300 people around. But 10 years plus later
there are over 1000 people around Donija village who needed safe and clean
Why is water a problem in Donija Area? This rural area has streams within walking distance, but they
are seasonal streams and become dry soon after the rainy season is over (between
the months of April and November every year).
This area receives inadequate rain fall, therefore the water table is
very low resulting in difficulties to find water of any kind. It is a leeward
area which makes crops such as corn, our staple food, not do too well each
year. Villagers depend on farming around stream banks through irrigation so
that they can find money for their daily living. When they draw water from a stream, they are
supposed to boil it before they drink. If
they are not able to boil it first they are exposed to diseases like Diarrhea
The Village Chief told us that stomach pains were very common
among children and elderly people because of drinking unclean water and some
people lost their lives. Washing clothes was a major problem, even bathing was
a challenge. Women have had sleepless
nights and that has been a burden. Some experienced gender-based violence,
because of taking too long travelling distances in search for drinking water.
Husbands assume their wives were going out with other men. Community
Developmental activities have been retarded because of water scarcity, and
water is life!
Mrs. Nkhoma, the wife of the village headman, was an old woman who
had lived in the village since her tender age.
She and her husband hand-drilled a shallow well, which she managed with
the help from other villagers, but it could not provide water even for 3 months
before it was dry. Reuben, a son of the chief, with his friends tried to
drill a 12 meters shallow well but it
could not sustain them even for 3 months.
What they truly needed was a deep-water well, down to the aquifer, near
where they live. She explained to us that they did not even dream of owning their own borehole. But this is what they prayed for, and
their prayers were answered.
The Community Celebrates new
Kendrick Well on Pentecost The Kendrick Well (named after donors
Doug and Ruth Kendrick) was drilled on 25th May 2019 by WorldHope
Corps Malawi, sponsored by Medical
Missions International (MMI). Before the end of May, the government civil
works and registration were completed, and by 9th June, 2019, the
new well was operational. Sunday, 9th of June was Pentecost Sunday, and the villagers
celebrated this gift of the Holy Spirit of God.
Now all the people are full of happiness and gratitude to God and to WORLDHOPE CORPS and its partner Medical
Missions International for making it possible for them to access safe and
new borehole now supports the immediate village of Donija and five surrounding
villages known as Ruvili area with
an estimated total population of 800 to 1000.
The depth of the new deep well is 47
meters down to the deep water
dedication ceremony and presentation of the borehole to the village chief and entire
community, one woman sang a song in her local language. Here’s the blessing she was singing: God bless the sponsors of this wellGive them more and good healthDespite that they don’t know usRemember them anyhowThis is a symbol of LoveFor you God, is Love I read the Bible and
preached from the Book of John, Chapter 6 about how Jesus fed 5,000 people with
the Bread of Life. It was such a special
time that almost everybody felt free from fighting among themselves due to scarcity
of water. With sweet music and dancing, the
new Borehole was dedicated on Pentecost Sunday. It was very exciting to hear
everyone thanking God and WORLDHOPE CORPS MALAWI for the tremendous work and
efforts to have this Borehole drilled.
Submitted to Medical Missions International
by Dennis Singini, Director,
WorldHope Corps Malawi;
with Michael Christensen, Director of WorldHope Corps,