$10 gives a family of 10 clean water

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$10 gives a family of 10 clean water and changes their lives forever

You may be thinking how can it cost so little? WELL!!
Wells for Zoë is a small, Irish, voluntary organisation, where the founders pay all expenses, so 100% of all donations is put to work.
Their simple, sustainable hand-pump is made by Malawians in their factory in Mzuzu, Northern Malawi, for less than $40.
The villagers dig the wells, make and build the bricks and supply all labour, while W4Z supply the pump, cement and pipes, so the total cost of a village well and pump is about $200.
The average number of villagers using a well is over 200, SO the cost per person is less than a buck.

The most exciting and important part of the story is that the women in the villages have learned to maintain the pumps, so that they continue to work day after day, year after year, pushing out the purest of water from up to 25 metres deep. In 2012 they enabled over 100,000 poor, remote, villagers to have clean, safe drinking water. We are planning to do the same in 2013.
By donating, you can be a vital part of this amazing achievement in 2013.

They see that when a well is installed in a village, girls return to school, women have time and begin small businesses, people are no longer too sick to work, gardens are watered and food supply becomes more reliable. This means that health is better and children grow up to achieve more The cycle of poverty is broken. Lives change forever.

Clean water just changes everything. But strangely having access to clean water isn’t an end, it’s a beginning, a whole new beginning.Women come together in small self-help groups to talk, discuss and learn. They learn to save some money and how to borrow from the group. Without any external financial input, they develop their small businesses, have money to pay school fees, buy uniforms and medicines and do impossible things as if they were normal.

For the past eight years Mary and John Coyne have lived half their time with these women, inspiring, educating and challenging them to empower themselves, where every story begins with clean water. They encourage them to dream their dreams and support their plans.

Every one dollar counts, so DONATE what you won’t miss, but what they will never forget.

Cause of the Day on AOL.com

Last year AOL held an International competition where employees got a chance to enter a Charity, of their choice, for a first prize of $10000.

Wells for Zoë didn’t win but the next best was exposure on the homepage of the main AOL website aol.com which gets up to 16 million hits per day

The slot is on the homepage and is called Cause of the day.


Even though the announcement was made at the end of 2012, we asked for February 1, the feast of St Bridget. This powerful woman of the 5th Century, links well with the extraordinary women we work with in remote, rural parts of Malawi, and also links our wells with St Bridget’s wells all over the country.

AOL (Aol.com) has selected Wells for Zoë, as its Cause of the Day, on February 1, 2013. AOL Impact features a daily cause or charity on AOL’s home page, which in their own words is “dedicated to everyday good.” AOL has created the cause of the day as “a way to connect people with charities, to make it easy to get involved, and share the missions of organizations simply doing amazing things.”

Doing everyday good in remote, rural areas of Malawi, ranked, close to the bottom, in the world’s rich list, is exactly what Wells for Zoë are doing, with their focus on clean, safe drinking water. They also have an education project impacting 25,000 primary school students and they run 21 rural preschools. Their other area of interest is on conservation farming producing fruit trees and seeds of native African trees, as well as training and research on their various farms.

Amazing things is exactly what Malawian women’s Self-Help groups are achieving with a little inspiration, education and challenge and without any external financial inputs.

Eight years on, Mary and John Coyne, a 50-years-together couple from Ireland, spend almost half their lives in Malawi, moving Malawians to empower themselves on the tiniest of a shoestring budget, donated often in micro donations by family and friends, some of whom they never met, from all over the globe.

They are a fully voluntary organization except for their Malawian workers, where the founders pay all organizational expenses and volunteers cover all their own costs. This allows 100% of all donations to get directly to the projects in Malawi.

This opportunity from AOL is very timely when they are trying to match last year’s amazing achievement of bringing clean, safe drinking water to another 100,000, of the World’s poorest, in 2013. They consider clean water as the first step on the development ladder. When a well and a pump come to a village everything changes. Illness is almost eliminated, girls get to go to school and women have time to grow more food and do little businesses. To W4Z clean water is not an end, it’s just a beginning. It becomes the start of a continuing relationship with communities. They help bring the water, and communities do the rest. They work with communities on their own plans, having learned that shutting-up and listening is regularly the only the way to go.

Wells for Zoë works with Government at a local level and only where no-strings-attached co-operation is forthcoming. They are a bottom-up organisation, who are careful with every cent. They don’t do hand-outs and help is given in areas where Malawians are lacking the education or skills to do it themselves and then only by means of mentoring and training.

We are really appreciative of the support that “AOL’s Cause of the Day is an affording us” says Mary Coyne of Wells for Zoë, it gives us exposure to a much wider audience and enables us to show what can be achieved with a lot of commitment and a little money.

You can change someone’s life forever by giving them a donation that you won’t miss, but one that they will remember forever.

Please go to aol.com, read about what we do and how we do it and maybe DONATE  Image.

We want to give 100000 people clean water in 2013 and we can with your help

International Aid

International Aid
by Evans Munyemesha

Over the past two years we have seen amazing women in Northern Malawi take hold of their lives and empower themselves. Their success is based on a simple premise that the very poorest can do the impossible when allowed to come up with and act on their own plans. It is called self help and is done with a little inspiration, education and challenge with NO external financial inputs. When I say none I mean NONE.

I just grabbed this short bit so that someone might read it!! because it shows up, what we are doing, for the monster that it is. Maybe we can look at the current situation as the poor in the developed World donating to the rich of the developing World with a large portion going back to the rich in the developed World. It might be amusing if it were not so serious

With international ‘aid’ to soon reach $100 billion a year (from $60 billion), it will be the final kick in the teeth of the poor, crippling further their Third World economies. Indeed, (as I have found out after researching through reports and what-not), it’s often profoundly dangerous to the poor and inimical to their interests to have ‘aid’ imposed upon them: It has financed the creation of monstrous projects that, at vast expense, have devastated the environment and ruined lives; it has facilitated the emergence of fantastical and devious bureaucracies staffed by legions of self-serving hypocrites; it has sapped the initiative, and creativity and enterprise of ordinary people and substituted the superficial and irrelevant showiness of imported advice; it has sucked potential entrepreneurs and intellectuals in the developing countries everywhere into non-productive administrative activities; it has created a ‘moral tone’ in international affairs that denies the hard task of wealth creation and that substitutes easy handouts for the rigors of self-help; in addition, throughout the Third World, it has allowed the dead grip of imposed officialdom to suppress popular choice and individual freedom. Call it what you will—but I will call it for what it is: Noble Colonialism! Ain’’t that a ‘female dog’?

And there’s more to come