Guest Column: For the cost of a night out, you can change lives
Bill Manduca, executive director of Clean Water for Malawi, has just returned from a month-long supervisory trip to Africa, where 16 new wells were drilled for $65,000.
These wells were drilled within 50 kilometers of Mzuzu in northern Malawi, about as deepest, darkest Africa as it gets these days.
The project was in cooperation with the Rotary clubs of Jackson, North Jackson, Greenwood, McComb, Greenville and several others in Rotary District 6820. Rotary International, a foundation that single-handedly eradicated polio, supplied matching funds.
In a presentation this week to the Rotary Club of Jackson, Manduca said, “This is the first project I’ve ever been involved with as a business manager or an engineer where we can literally change people’s lives overnight. One night they’re drinking bad water that kills them. The next night, they’re drinking clean water that keeps them healthy. And all we have to do is drill a hole. That’s as easy as it gets.