Quench Thirst This Lent in the Heart of Africa

Just as our souls need Christ to thrive, our bodies need water to survive. Tragically, the water many families must rely on in sub-Saharan Africa is contaminated. Bugs, bacteria and animal waste shorten lives and rob hope, especially for women and girls who spend hours each day carrying heavy buckets. They pray for a miracle. They pray for a friend like you.

You can help bless 49,000 people in Zambia and Malawi with a lifetime supply of clean, safe water. Your almsgiving will empower Catholic leaders in four dioceses to drill and repair 109 hand-pump wells — and that’s just the beginning.

Share Wells of Salvation with 49,000 of our brothers and sisters in Zambia and Malawi.

The Need for Clean Water

Women and young girls have been the hardest hit by Africa’s water crisis. They are typically responsible for time-consuming water collection, putting them at risk of attacks on these long journeys while also endangering their ability to succeed in school. The Wells of Salvation campaign addresses the critical need for water along with other key interventions, leveraging experienced local Catholic partners who are prepared to make a difference. Our goal is to help families thrive in all aspects of their lives, including spiritually.

  • To date, our partners in Zambia and Malawi have blessed 137,989 people with clean, safe water.
  • Our 2024 goal is to reach 49,000 more people who are waiting for a similar blessing.
  • Our long-term strategy includes water and other critical interventions that will give today’s children the best opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

Clean Water Is Just the Beginning

Safe, abundant water lays a foundation for a better life — with the power to open hearts to Christ. Your support will go beyond water, offering poverty-fighting outreaches tailored to local needs in Zambia and Malawi that will give families the best opportunity to become self-sufficient.


Drill 104 hand-pump wells and repair 5 more, bringing clean, safe water to 49,000 people across 4 dioceses, including students at a primary school.


Ship more than 2.1 million protein-rich Vitafood meals and support nutrition programs for 500 families in Zambia’s Diocese of Kabwe and Malawi’s Diocese of Karonga.


Build an operating room at a rural hospital in Zambia’s Diocese of Kabwe, expand mobile medical clinics for 500 people in Malawi’s Diocese of Karonga, and support medical staff salaries.


Provide 40 scholarships for secondary students and install a solar electric system at a primary school in Zambia’s Diocese of Kabwe.


Provide seeds and training for 300 farmers in Zambia’s Diocese of Kabwe and Malawi’s Diocese of Karonga to improve crop yields.


Launch village savings and lending associations for 50 families in Zambia’s Diocese of Kabwe and offer small-business training for 100 farming families in Malawi’s Diocese of Karonga.

Spiritual Outreach

Build a rural church, train catechists and expand evangelization in Malawi’s Diocese of Karonga. Reach 481 people in Zambia and Malawi with spiritual training and Bibles.

Great Needs Require a Powerful Solution

Saint Augustine of Hippo preached, “We are an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song.” Embrace this powerful opportunity to link arms with our brothers and sisters in Africa and share an Alleluia song that comes from the gift of Christ’s living water.

  • In Malawi, 1 in 3 existing water points don’t work, often due to lack of community training on repairs (UNICEF).
  • Diarrhea and waterborne illnesses are a leading cause of death among children under age 5 in Zambia and Malawi (CDC).
  • 43% in Zambia’s rural villages do not have access to improved water sources (CIA World Factbook).

Meet Our Partners

The Diocese of Chipata, Zambia

Bishop George Cosmas Zumaire Lungu leads his diocese’s Caritas ministry in eastern Zambia. When he visits remote villages, he drinks the same water as the people — even if it comes from a hand-dug pit. Poor farmers in this diocese are often exploited, and some walk to Mass barefoot because they can’t even afford shoes.

The Diocese of Kabwe, Zambia

Sister Prisca Matenga is superior general of the Daughters of the Redeemer, a Catholic order established in 1955. The sisters work in four dioceses in Zambia, including the Diocese of Kabwe, where they established the Our Lady of Peace Outstation Mission to serve the poor.

The Diocese of Karonga, Malawi

Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka leads the local Caritas ministry in his northern Malawi diocese. He grew up in an extremely remote area of Malawi in what is now part of a national park, and he is dedicated to sharing Christ’s love in even the most difficult-to-reach villages.

The Diocese of Mzuzu, Malawi

Irish-born Bishop John Alphonsus Ryan leads the local Caritas ministry in north-central Malawi. He first arrived in Malawi in 1978 shortly after being ordained a priest of St. Patrick’s Society for the Foreign Missions. He previously served as a chaplain and math professor at Mzuzu University.

Gift Ngwira has more time to study for exams since Caritas Karonga installed this water system in Mutyabweka Village, Malawi.

Success Story: Meet Happy

When Happy Mhango’s husband died unexpectedly in 2020, she suddenly had to find a way to provide for her four children. At the same time, she was suffering from debilitating neck and shoulder pain caused by carrying heavy buckets of water from a distant river. Catholic neighbors gave Happy’s family the love and support they needed. In 2021, Happy received her First Communion, and in 2022, her faith was confirmed when her local diocese built a hand-pump well just minutes from her home.

Today, Happy’s family is healthy and thriving — and you can share similar blessings with other families in need!

Download the Proposal

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.