Masonde Wells Appeal


NEW UPDATE - In the photo, just received, you can see the following:   LEFT to RIGHT: Cement for the Wellheads, Packets of rods to connect the pump mechanism to the water lifting valve, A bag of one way valves and other parts, A pump top with pumping handle, Galvanised 2 inch pipes (front) to draw water from the bottom of the boreholes to be dug by hand, Six India MK11 pump bodies with mounting plates, At the back are lengths of four inch PVC pipe used to line the boreholes

Matthew’s men have made the 1000 mile trip in an old hired truck to purchase these materials in the capital, Lusaka. This is an arduous trip on partly dirt roads and takes us, in a car, 13 hours each way so it probably needed two days travel each way in an old truck.

UPDATE 9/6/10 - The appeal for five new wells in this area has now reached a magnificent £4326 approximately, including estimated Gift Aid. This takes us 80% of the way to the total of £5500 needed - God bless you.

Reproduced  below is a report from Zambia on previous misguided and failed efforts to help the people of Masonde but without consulting them first. What we are doing is at a fraction of the cost and fully involves the villagers themselves in the location and construction of these 5 wells which will serve over 5200 people. It will save them walking many kilometres a day just to get water.

By Innocent Daka, editor of "The Fisher" 03. April 2009 

“In Masonde area, ‘experts’ came from Lusaka to sink a well. Without consulting the local people, they sited and sunk the well in an old graveyard. People do not drink from that well,” he told this reporter in an interview.For Mr Musaba, the inappropriate sighting of the water well project and resulting wastage of resources goes to show how centralized decisions made by “those people in Lusaka are out of touch with the wishes and needs of the Masonde community.”The chairman of the Chifunabuli development committee Thomas Sweta supports Mr Musaba’s view. “You see, if structures like the ADCs were in place and involved in making decisions on development, the well in Masonde was not going to be sunk in the graveyard and the waste of resources was going to be avoided.” 

And just close to Mr Sweta’s house stand three windmills that are a symbol of shortcomings of centrally made development decisions.

Micro Projects Unit (MPU) installed the windmills at a cost of over K150 million so that they could draw water into eight massive aerial tanks to supply the residents of Lubwe. But the project was planned and executed with complete disregard of the local people’s needs and feelings.

According to district planning officer, Anthony Mwenya, local people asked for an electrical water pump from the now defunct Micro projects Unit. Surprisingly consultants at the unit decided against the community desires and thought the windmills were appropriate for the poor community.For years these mistakes have gone without local people raising concerns. But with the level of awareness on decentralisation created in the 22 local government wards where MS-Zambia has provided support for the formation of area development committees, people are awakening to question the wrongs.


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