The 2011 Marion Medical Mission Team installed  2,662 shallow wells.  The wells included over 500 in Tanzania and  400 in Zambia with the rest in Malawi.

This was another challenging year for us. The biggest problem was the on-going shortage of diesel fuel in Malawi. As a result of the shortage, we had to be creative in finding and storing diesel fuel. This caused some problems with contaminated fuel, sometimes disabling our trucks. It also significantly increased some of our costs, such as for cement, due to transportation problems. We bought 1 new Landcruiser pickup which gave us a total of 16 pickups plus the 13 passenger van that can also be used to install pumps. The vehicles were all in good condition and we needed them all to keep our operation moving.

This was the first year we installed all of the wells using newly redesigned pump parts and the quality was great and the ease of use of the new parts was evident to all. The new parts, the foot valve and plunger, were designed by our own Jerry Roush and were manufactured in our workshop at Embangweni.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR 2011 TRIP FROM SOME OF OUR VOLUNTEERS

 

Team11_1

Team One:
Rear – from left to right:
Meg Presley, Cassie Ratliff, Annette Smith, Steve McKeown, Darla McKeown
Middle – from left to right:
Tim Exley, Greg Sesler, Ed King, Paulette Stempfley, Jerry Roush, Hugh Stempfley, Hayden Boyd, Ken Manwaring
Front – from left to right:
Pete Vanderveen, Jim Nussbaumer, Jocelyn Logan, Tom Logan, Joel Magee, Ray Fritts

Team11_2

Team Two:
Rear – from left to right:
Bob Koster, Calvin Morris, Dick Stracke, Jim Nussbaumer, Charles Lewis, Tony Castillo, Mr. Khosa, Bill Krech
Front – from left to right:
Dan Doshier, Ellen Doshier, Tim Exley, Mara Fienhold, Meg Presley, Betty Samelson, Doug Kee, Stephen Woxland, Patti Nussle, Jocelyn Logan, Paul Adams, Rene Moquin
Not Present:
Tom Logan