The 2016 Marion Medical Mission Team installed 2,578 shallow wells with a total of 2,732 completed by the end of the year. The wells included over 600 in Tanzania and 500 in Zambia with the rest in Malawi. This year was a great well season. There were no major problems or parts shortages.
However, it was a difficult year because of the second year of famine in Malawi. A severe drought during the last growing season has led to crop failures again and greatly reduced harvests in Central Malawi. Many families, who already had very little, faced critical shortages of food. In the Lilongwe District, Marion Medical Mission partnered with Rev. Kachipapa, General Secretary, the Synod of Nkhoma Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, and 22 of their rural Congregations to provide food to thousands of families to sustain them until the crops can grow again in the spring.
The cost came to $20 per 110 pound bag of maize distributed–enough to feed an average Malawian families for a month. Marion Medical Mission committed to help. Only together can we be who we were created to be. Only together can we make a difference.