Here’s a brief report on the Zowe Village Well project sponsored by Mr. Mike Ross of Central Presbyterian Church and two of his professional colleages in the USA.

CitiHope Country Director Gabriel Wesley Msongole writes:

Zowe is a small village in Euthini Area, Mzimba District, in Northern Region of Malawi (80km or 3 hours outside of Mzuzu). It is a remote area where there is no power (electricity); they use hurricanes for light. Zowe has a primary school and a prayer hut church in larger catchment area of 14 villages with a total population of 5,000.

Zowe was brought to our attention by Rev. Copeland Nkhata who travels there to preach as part of his Methodist Circuit of Mzuzu. According to Rev. Nkhata: “Zowe is a very dry place and people suffer a lot, as they have to drink dirty water from the same ponds where animals drink, especially in dry season and this makes people more vulnerable to diseases. And a borehole would be a great solution to the problem.”

On July 28 2007, a CitiHope team from both from the USA and Malawi led by Rev. Nkhata managed to visit the sight where the new bore hole well was just constructed to provide good and protected water for Zowe villagers. The Team comprised of Paul S. Moore II-Executive Vice President CitiHope International, Kasey Horvath, Steve Holosin, (visiting volunteer from the US) Gabriel Wesley Msongole Country Rep-CitiHope International-Malawi, Rev. Copeland Nkhata (United Methodist Church) and Dennis Singini-CitiHope International-Malawi.

The 14 villages that surround Zowe include: Muryanyinda, Vavela, Mambongo, Chitengamani, Chitupila, Yabama, Robert Mtika, Bandawe. Legion Tembo, Mwalupupu, Kamunthambani, Themba ukali, Mzale Phiri and Chikayanga. Out of the above mentioned villages 6 do not have bore holes in them but are always running up and down looking for good portable water. With the coming of this new Village Well in Zowe, at least 1000 people will benefit from it. The new borehole will cater for the church, the primary school and the entire community.

Paul Moore II in his speech to the villagers said: “Wherever we are, we are thinking of the people of Malawi as brothers and sisters with whom we can work together to uplift the lives of many people.” The villager head man who was present responded by thanking CitiHope international and all in the US who have made it possible for the well to be drilled in their village. With the coming of the new well in Zowe, it has been a good dawn for the villagers who are now happier than before.

Sponsors are needed for the next deep water well in Kamphenda village.