Social initiative “Well4Africa” was born as a particular fruit of the 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress, which took place in Lithuania in 2018.
Since the theme of this Congress was “Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within him” (Jn 7:38), the initial purpose of this social initiative was to bear concrete fruit ensuring safe drinking water for three communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe and Malawi. After the Congress, seeing serious support from many OFS national fraternities, the CIOFS Presidency decided that “Well4Africa” was to become a permanent project of the whole Secular Franciscan Order, entrusting its management to the National Council of Lithuania.
“Well4Africa” application criteria and guidelines, all news and reports of the social initiative are available on well4africa.eu website.
WELL4AFRICA COORDINATION TEAM:
- Virginija Mickute, OFS, Lithuania (national minister and international councilor) – main coordinator of the social initiative
- Attilio Galimberti, OFS, Italy (Presidency councilor) – coordinator of the technical implementation of the projects
- Jennifer Harrington, OFS, South Africa (Presidency councilor) – responsible for communication with English speaking countries in Africa
- Michel Janian, OFS, Lebanon (Presidency councilor) – responsible for communication with French speaking countries in Africa
- Nadia Rudolf von Rohr, OFS, Switzerland – coordinator of multilingual translations
Mutemwa is a very special place situated in Mashonaland, in the Eastern Province of Zimbabwe where a Secular Franciscan from United Kingdom, John Bradburne, OFS, lived the last 10 years of his life, caring for the community there who were living with the devastating effects of leprosy. John was killed during the Zimbabwe independence war … Help us to drill water borehole in Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre, Zimbabwe Read More »
Joyful news in the middle of COVID-19 crisis – water borehole sponsored by “Well4Africa” social initiative was blessed and inaugurated on May 9 in Sibi community, Ghana. A small group of community representatives took part in the celebration due to safety reasons. Sibi is a small village in the Nkwanta District in the eastern part … ‘Well4Africa’ Borehole Blessed in Ghana’s Village of Sibi Read More »
MARCH 2020 — Kongo is a village community in the northeast region of Ghana with around 150 households. It is also home to a Spiritual Renewal Centre (SRC) run by Capuchin friars. SRC is comprised of the Immaculate Conception Church, a retreat centre and a Marian Grotto, making it popular pilgrimage site. Twice a year, … Water Projects to Help 2 Communities in Ghana – Kongo and Sibi Read More »
26 FEB. 2020 — A “Well4Africa” water project was successfully implemented in St. Lawrence of Brindis Parish, Zomba diocese, Malawi. The parish is situated in the remote area, in the outskirt of Municipality of Zomba, Malawi’s old capital city. People around the Parish are subsistence farmers. They grow maize and vegetables for their livelihood. … Project Brings Clean Water to St. Lawrence Parish in Malawi Read More »
By Virginija Mickute, OFS, and Monika Midveryte, OFS MARCH 2019 — The “Well4Africa” project, flowing out of the 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress in Lithuania last year, is moving ahead in various phases in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. ...