The Garden Well is a project connecting clean water and small scale farming skills to families and communities in Northern Mozambique.
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African proverb
A simple, hand-pump well is constructed, and the surrounding families no longer have to travel miles for this life giving substance. They will not only be able to drink clean, disease-free water, but will be able to use it to hand irrigate their mashambas (gardens) during the dry season. Around Corrane, this is known as the "hungry time," when all the food is gone from the previous planting season and there is little water to grow more.
training to grow
Once the well is established, we will introduce them to the ways they can use this water to maintain their mashambas year round. The concept of irrigation apart from rain is completely foreign to most of them because it is simply not an option. They will also be taught the most efficient ways to plant, space, fertilize, and water their land to increase yields, leading to excess they can then sell for a fair profit in local markets which we will help to sustain.
None of this is worthwhile unless it is able to be passed on. With basic education and instruction through functioning models, we believe that Garden Wells can be replicated throughout Mozambique and beyond! Maintenance of the wells themselves is also crucial to the success of the project. There are sadly thousands of wells in disrepair throughout Africa because of a lack of training and ownership within the communities.