Malawi, also know as “The Warm Heart of Africa”, is a Southeast African country with a dense population of over 17 million people for the 45,747 square miles it covers. Malawi was once known as Nyasaland and was a protectorate of the United Kingdom. It later became a protectorate of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, but after the Federation was dissolved in 1963, Nyasaland was renamed Malawi and became an independent nation under Queen Elizabeth II, declaring independence two years later. Malawi now has a democratic, multi-party government.
Malawi is among the world's least developed countries, ranking No. 170 out of 188 in the 2017 Human Development Index. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, healthcare, environmental protection and becoming financially independent. Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. HIV/AIDS is highly prevalent, resulting in a significant drain on both the labor force and government expenditures. 53% of the population of Malawi is under the age of 18, and 16.7% of children under 18 are Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). Almost 1 million of the OVC children have lost at least one parent to AIDS.
The Water Crisis in Malawi
The water crisis in Malawi affects over 11.7 million people, with 1.7 lacking access to safe water and 10 million without adequate sanitation. This causes tragic death from waterborne illness to over 3,000 children under 5 per year.
The Water Solution in Malawi
Water4 has been active in Malawi since 2012 and initially started work with Malawi Orphan Ministries. At the recommendation of Water4, this team has now grown into a full-fledged drilling enterprise, Water Access Malawi (WA-M) and is the combination of two teams that merged at the end of 2016. Led by Joseph Faison and Tati Ndalama, WA-M has completed 54 wells, serving over 15,000 people. The average cost of a well in Malawi is $1,800.
Joseph recently became the assistant Disciple Making Movements (DMM) champion, working alongside Ben Liringa Koli, team leader for Access Water Development Congo and our lead DMM champion. DMM trained teams learn to share their faith in culturally appropriate, conversational, discovery based ways. Joseph says this practice of engaging with scripture has caused the greatest growth he has ever seen in their drilling ministry. He and Tati often perform Discovery Bible Studies with the drilling team and communities at the end of each day.
Because of his background in health and sanitation, mWaSH principles come naturally to Tati and he spends a considerable amount of time working with communities in health and sanitation. Tati recently accepted a Water4 Champion role as the Water4 mWaSH Assistant and will work closely with Benjamin Liringa in DRC to train drilling enterprises and communities in mWaSH. Water4 is excited to see how God will use Joseph and Tati in their new roles to disciple and speak into the lives of WAM team members and communities across Southeast Africa.
Info from Wikipedia, WaterAid and USAID