The 2010 Marion Medical Mission Team installed over 2640 shallow wells. The wells included over 500 in Tanzania and 400 in Zambia with the rest in Malawi.
This was an especially difficult year for many reasons. It was emotionally difficult because of the sudden death of Tom and Jocelyn’s son, Martin, in August plus the death of two of our long time Field Officers, Nedson Malata in July and Migriton Banda in October. On September 21st, Rev. Mwasakifwa, our coordinator in Tanzania, struck and killed a small child in a tragic accident. It was physically difficult because of the on-going shortage of diesel fuel in Malawi and a shortage of fittings to manufacture our pumps. We bought 2 new Landcruiser pickups which gave us a total of 15 pickups plus the 13 passenger van that can also be used to install pumps. The vehicles were all in good condition again thanks to preseason maintenance work done by Harvey Craft. This year we welcomed our first female Field Officer, Dina Chioza in the Synod of Nkhoma.
Throughout the whole season, but especially during the first session, we were constantly struggling to have enough pumps available and in the right locations. This limited our flexibility but with tremendous efforts by everyone – behind the scenes as well as the volunteers in the field, we were able to get the wells installed.