We have received pictures from Rebecca Vander Muelen of Niassa Diocese showing the well that has been built at Magachi, District of Lago, Province of Niassa in Mozambique. The work was supported by the diocese, and the funds used for this well include funds from ALMA and funds from the diocesan reserves.
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Magachi's source of water,
before the pump was built.
Getting to Magachi—even at the end of the dry season—is a big challenge. This contributes to the lack of services available there!
Well construction also requires bridge repair!
Shovelling rocks to be used in the construction of the well.
Carrying water to mix with cement to make the concrete rings used to line the well.
Digging the well.
Hauling up soil from the well, bucket by bucket.
Making the cement rings to line the well. Each ring has gravel, sand, water, and a 100 kg of cement, so is very heavy!
The beginning of the well cover.
Laying out the well's "apron".
Mounting the pump.
Pump pieces all in place.
The first water out of the pump is mucky (because of the digging that had been done), but the water quickly became cleaner.