18th June 2017
Malawi tonight greets me with a light light drizzle, truly unusual at this time of year. I like to think it’s his way of thanking us for all the water we’ve brought this year. Just as all the villages where we went to inaugurate the wells on this festive Sunday thanked us in an incredible way. We were the special guests, I had to make a speech in front of everyone and receive their thanksgiving gifts: eggs, tomatoes, corn, peanuts and the inevitable hens that have already gone to increase the chicken coop of the Toleza Agostino kindergarten. A boy who was my age stopped me before I got into the jeep to get away from the village of Chalenga saying simply: “This well will save many lives, you can’t even know how many.” The 2017 Pozzo dei Desideri project ends with this sentence. These two weeks in Malawi are only the last piece of a year-long work and which culminates in these hectic, tiring, exciting, at times unnerving but at the same times beautiful end. A stage, not the last, of a journey that began in 2014 and which has brought water to more than 5,000 people so far in 10 villages here in Africa, in a country that until a few years ago I didn’t even know where it was on the map. Thanks to all those who believed in it and contributed their money to make this reality. Thanks to those who have given up a pizza or a week-end out, thanks to those who have donated this year and also the past years. Who has passed the word and who will do it, because this project can only live with the help of many people.Thanks to them. Long live to the Wishing Well! Malawi, zikomo.