Katema, is in the mountains at the southern portion of Lake Malawi. The nearest health clinic is hours walking distance away, making it difficult for residents to receive treatment. Speaking with a local health official at the Katema Health Clinic WWFA learned about the difficulty of treating the populace. Understaffed and under-sourced,  they confessed that containing cholera outbreaks, among other water related diseases, is difficult. Recent attempts from some of the elders to obtain water resulted in one well. However, this is not nearly sufficient.


Margaret, a 15 year old 7th grader collects her family’s water from the dwindling streams that flow from the mountain. We accompanied her walk up the mountain 45 minutes to collect polluted water full of algae. This was only one of three trips she makes daily; one before school, one after, and one at night. The treacherous hike is steep and slippery. She is determined to finish her education, but her duties at home are putting it at risk.

WWFA would like to be the first water for the residents of Katema by providing 10 wells. We have begun drilling on three wells and with your help can finishing drilling the remaining 7 in the summer of 2014.

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$1 can return $9 in economic value to a rural community when invested in water infrastructure and sanitation.


  • We don't build the water well for them. We teach them and have them build it "hands on" along side with us. We provide materials, the mud drilling, funding to source out locations suitable for water wells. If the well ever runs into a problem and stops working, the village people now know how to fix it. This is not our well, this is their well. They now truly own their own water well, providing clean water to their families. This is one of the reasons why we have wells almost 20 years old that are functioning and continuing to provide clean water to families all across Africa to this day. | Learn more at www.waterwellsforafrica.org


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