Piantando and Il Pozzo dei Desideri
A beautiful project, born thanks to Matteo Ferrari who created Il Pozzo Dei Desideri. The goal? To do something very simple: build drinking water wells for the people who live in the villages of Malawi.
Grazie a Matteo e Agostino, i referenti che conoscono il paese e le sue dinamiche, siamo riusciti a costruire il primo pozzo nel 2020, con il contributo di tutte le persone che hanno scelto il progetto quando hanno acquistato una piantina.
drinking water wells built
next well under construction
Give your planet a gift: build a well.
1. Choice of the village
The criteria on which the choice of place is based are 3:
– the size of the population;
– the condition of the current supply, which can be a river or a well not far away;
– the distance to the nearest well.
2. Rental of the drill and purchase of materials
Once you have chosen the village, you need to hire a drill and choose an on-site team that knows how to use it. iron from the well that will be used to pump the water.
3. Excavations and masonry works
After hiring the drill, excavations are carried out with the hope of finding water as soon as possible. Once the water is found, a team of 3 or 4 bricklayers builds the concrete base on which the well will be mounted.
4. Assembly of the well
The final stage of the operation consists in assembling all the components of the well, from the pump to the final tap from which the water will be pumped.
Almost everything is missing in the villages of Malawi: roads, electricity, bathrooms, water, food. Where there are no wells, there are women who spend most of the day reaching the nearest water source for endless journeys with a bucket on their head.
This is in the event that a few kilometers away there is a village with a functioning well, otherwise it can be remedied with water recovered from unlikely sources: streams, improvised holes, stagnant lakes. The effects on the health of those who drink this water can be fatal.
Planting and the Wish Well are demonstrating that water is an easy problem in the villages and represents a response that lasts over the years.
How do we do it?
We agree with the village leaders, identify the water table, rent the drill, find the water, build the well. End. If it’s that simple why doesn’t everyone do it? We ask ourselves this too, but then we stopped asking ourselves and started doing it!
• The authorization is needed because since Malawi is divided into villages, village leaders need to agree to make a well in a certain area, to avoid situations of quarrel or favor communities over others.
• The company that takes care of the works is Malawi and in this way we also employ local people.
• The water well is manual to minimize maintenance operations and in all this time a well has never broken!
Any more data?
Did you know that Malawi is one of the African countries with the most underground water?
It is absurd that there are millions of people without access to this water. This is why we wanted to give a concrete hand, because creating opportunities is our weapon to fight indifference and help people build a better future.