During his visit to Malawi in April and May, Kevin Bickerstaffe led a team of water engineers from the PHC department at Ekwendeni and Livingstonia hospitals repairing and maintaining shallow and borehole wells. They have also been erecting fencing around well heads to protect the well head from animal contamination.
John Littlejohn was also in Malawi, testing the water quality particularly with regard to coliform bacteria. Next year he hopes to return assess the difference that fencing makes to the water quality readings.
In the two months of Kevin’s visit it is estimated that improved water has been supplied to over 14,000 people. Some had no clean water supply for years and were using scrapes in the ground as their main drinking water source. One person commented that the new water was a ‘miracle for the village’
It was with the greatest of pleasure that we heard the announcement on Saturday that John Challis had been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
John has been Principal Trustee of the Raven Trust since its inception in 2000 and was sending parcels, part loads and then full containers to Malawi before that.
On hearing of the award John said,”What a surprise and honour! As you know the Raven Trust is a partnership of many people with many skills and with the tremendous opportunity of serving the people of Malawi in various ways.”
News arrived this morning that FCL 102 has arrived at Ekwendeni and has been unloaded. It is winter in Malawi and the warm clothes and blankets on the container will be very welcome. Alan tells us “Boxes were transported on top of cars, inside cars, in minibuses, on lorries, on bicycles and on women’s heads”. Smiles all round!