Irish women raise K1.9 mil for communities in Malawi

A group of women in Ireland, at the Fethard ICA, have raised €2,635 (about K1 978 885) in aid of  Wells for Zoe – a non-governmental organization – that supports communities, women and girls in Malawi.

Jacquie (seated left) receiving the cheque

Jacquie Ryan, who has travelled from Ireland to supervise the project, told Nyasa Times that Fethard ICA was passionate about the welfare of Malawian women.

According to Ryan, the money was fundraised through sales of a Craft Fair and a Cake Sale.

“All the money will go towards helping many communities in Malawi,” said Ryan.

She said they were thankful to the women of Fethard ICA for the support.

“As it is the ‘woman’s job’ to carry the water we often find ourselves working with women’s groups in Malawi, the money raised by Fethard ICA will go to such a group in a village called Lupaso on the outskirts of Mzuzu, the capital city of the north.

“The funds will help roof the pre-school/community centre, and install water pump, providing the community with clean water and reduce the incidents of Malaria and Cholera. Currently the women are taking water from a river some distance away, this river runs along the outskirts of the city and the water can easily be contaminated with sewage and chemicals.

“The women from the village will be thought how to maintain the well. We will organise teaching workshops for the women so they can get full potential out of the preschool. The building will also be used as a centre for the women to meet, and allow their women’s group maintain relations with the Fethard ICA,” Ryan explained.

Wells for Zoë was established in 2005 by Mary and John Coyne from Dublin, and since its formation has helped provide over 500,000 people in Northern Malawi with clean water while also running projects in sustainable farming and educating the ‘girl child’.

The charity is voluntary, with all members paying their own flights, accommodation and expenses.

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