Starfish Foundation Visits Borehole at Mbelekete School

DELAFIELD, Wis. – Students of St. John’s Northwestern Academies and members of the St. John’s Northwestern Starfish Foundation recently visited the Mbelekete School in Malawi, Africa.

The Mbelekete School is home to one of the wells that is fully funded by the student-run and student-founded St. John’s Starfish Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is to raise funds for the installation and maintenance of wells in Malawi, Africa. As a 100% student-led organization, they work to supply clean water to villages and schools. By providing access to clean water, they hope to improve the lives of those in need and preserve their human dignity.

In June, 1CPT Dillon Hamer visited one of the bores at Mbelekete School. When they arrived, they were greeted by hundreds of young students, teachers, and community members who were extremely energized to see them. 

The community was extremely grateful for the gift of water and expressed their thanks through music, dance, poems, and smiles. 1CPT Hamer even got the chance to speak in front of the gathering and showed wisdom beyond his years. 

Malawi is a country in Southeastern Africa, with a population of just over 20 million. 10 million are children under the age of 18. Many Malawian communities lack clean drinking water, leaving the job to young women who are forced to walk long distances carrying roughly 40 pounds of water just to provide for their families. As a result, many of them are late for school.

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