“Il Pozzo Dei Desideri” was born with an objective as ambitious as it is simple: to do something concrete, useful and lasting for the people who live in the villages of Malawi .
In a country like Malawi, the needs are many and most of them would require a structured and organized commitment to ensure that initial efforts to solve a problem can produce long-term benefits .
Is it more important to give fish or to teach fishing?
Not having the tools and the means to infinitely give fish, I tried to teach fishing and my choice fell on the construction of wells to extract one of the primary goods: water .
A gift that, if maintained, it can last tens of years .
In the many villages I had visited on my first trip I realized that almost everything was missing in the villages: roads, electricity, toilets, water, often food. Among all these things, water represents the most precious asset and, where it is missing, many women (yes, they) spend most of the day reaching the nearest water source for endless coming and going with a bucket on their heads.
This is in the event that a few kilometers away, there is a village with a functioning well. In all the other cases the water is recovered from improbable sources: streams, improvised potholes, stagnant ponds. The consequences on the health of those who drink this water can be fatal.
Luckly, with the right equipment, water is the easiest problem to solve in the villages and represents a response that lasts over the years.
Unfortunately these people do not have these equipment.
So, Il Pozzo dei Desideri does this: we bring the right equipment and build wells in the remotest villages of Malawi .
Since 2015, we have built 27 wells that allow more than 16,000 people to drink clean water every day .
The project was born and continues to live thanks exclusively to fundraising among friends and acquaintances, through word of mouth and through the social network .
I personally take care of the fundraising and every year I go to Malawi to build the wells .
Every single euro collected is used for construction; all travel, food and lodging expenses are my responsibility.
In the interactive map you can see where the 27 wells completed so far by the project have been built.