Wells for Zoë - Water for Life

-  a humanitarian organization supported by TUNE UP in Malawi / Africa -

IMG-20181104-WA0000November-Dezember 2018: Kevin und Cristina at WELLS FOR ZOE in Malawi

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WELLS FOR ZOE is dedicated to the provision of safe drinking water and water storage for irrigation in four remote rural areas of Malawi


We don’t believe in handouts, rather a hand up.  

WELLS FOR ZOË  - founded by John and Mary Coyne in Ireland in 2005 and operating in Malawi in the South of Africa -  is a small, sustainable development organisation.  
WELLS FOR ZOË has gained Irish charitable status (CHY 17275) and is a registered  NGO (non-governmental organisation). 

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2013 Review Brochure

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In summer 2009 TUNE UP members Gabi and Michael had the chance to hear the fantastic Scottish singer Karine Polwart at the Innerleithen Musicfestival.
Karine sang
WELL FOR ZOË - a song she had written to support the small private Irishumanitarian organisation  WELLS FOR ZOË - WATER FOR LIFE involved in wells and pumps for safe drinking water, rainwater harvesting, and small dams for water storage, in four rural areas of Malawi.

2013 TUNE UP recorded this song for their 5th CD "FROM THERE TO HERE" .
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Years ago Gabi und Michael had travelled through Africa. They had visited Malawi and had seen the situation of the people there.

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Girls pumping water
Gabi in Malawi 1980

So  WELLS FOR ZOË  spontaneously found their interest.

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All members of checked  the website

They contacted the founders of  WELLS FOR ZOË John and Mary Coyne and got a very friendly, encouraging and personal answer - including all the information that can be read on this page.

...and who was ZOË?
Zoë was the daughter of the inventor of  the pump used in the wells of Malawi by WELLS FOR ZOË . She tragically died in a car accident a few years ago. John and Mary Coyne decided to name their charity 'Wells for Zoë' to honour her memory. 

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Wells for Zoë - Water for Life
If we have a philosophy: then it’s made of the following ideas:

  • We don’t believe in handouts, rather a hand up.
  • We try to Inspire, Educate and Challenge Malawians to man up (as my daughter says) and help themselves, while being very conscious that aid has and is robbing them of their dignity and has turned them into dependant beggars.
  • All our plans are made with them and for them.
  • We are very low on ego and know that we are there to serve.
  • We are focused on delivery of clean water, seeing it as the first step on the development ladder. Bringing water gives credibility and acceptance and brings a lasting relationship, enabling us to meet other needs, like irrigation, seeds, education, but only helping out when communities have made a start themselves.
  • We believe that women are the future of Malawi and begin with them and the men follow!
  • We work with poor people of all religions and none, but respect and value all.
  • The founders John and Mary Coyne pay all administrative expenses and as full time volunteers themselves, pay all their own travel and accommodation costs: SO all donations get to their intended target without any deduction.
  • The only people who get paid are our workers in Malawi.
  • We operate on the notion of the power of one, one person, one pump, one village, one orphan, one woman, and one euro. We are all individually powerful and together we can be a force to be reckoned with

If you have an interest in our work, then there are a number of ways you can support us:




The MDGs 

We, at Wells For Zoe, have always felt that water was the first step on the development ladder and here’s why:

 The Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, are a set of 8 goals set by the United Nations in the year 2000 to relieve poverty and the suffering it causes in developing nations by 2015.

 The place of water in the MDG’s:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
    How can people grow crops without water?
  2. Achieve universal primary education.
    How can girls attend school if they must spend their days hauling water?
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
    In Malawi women and girls have responsibility for finding and carrying water. It’s a tough job and men DON’T do it. How can one feel empowered with a 20 liter bucket of water on her head?
  4. Reduce child mortality.
    More children under 5 years old die from water-borne diseases than any other cause.
  5. Improve maternal health.
    Bathing in contaminated water after giving birth increases the risks of infection.
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.
    It is much easier to get the virus when your immune system is low, by having malaria or other water borne diseases.
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability.
    Burning firewood to boil dirty water causes the destruction of forests. Deforestation causes global warming and decreases gentle rainfall that replenishes groundwater.
  8. Develop a global partnership for development.
    How can we say we are helping a country become 'developed' without first assuring that everyone has the most basic necessity of life?

Water is a key ingredient to reaching all of the goals. By putting water FIRST we can increase our progress to reaching all of the goals by at least 30%.  

Some facts on WATER

  • Over 4,000 children die from preventable water-related diseases every day - primarily because they can't afford clean drinking water
  • Over 1 billion people lack access to clean water
  • Over 2 billion people lack adequate sanitation
  • More children die of water related disease than any other cause of death, including AIDS and the violence of war.
  • In Africa, over 300 million people do not have access to clean water.
  • Of all the water in the world  
  • 97% is salt water
  • 2% is locked in polar ice caps
  • 1% is fresh, and includes all the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers – and over half of that is polluted.
  • Of that precious 1%, our annual usage is as follows:
  • 70% is used for agriculture
  • 20% is used for industry
  • 10% is used for all other human uses.


  • Americans use over 100 gallons per person per day (Significantly more than anyone else in the world)
  • 1 flush of our toilet (3-7 gallons) uses more water than the average person in a developing country has access to all day.

Most humans cannot survive more than 3 days without water

  • Our bodies are 70% water
  • Our planet is 70% water



"If you have the passion we have the ideas, if you need them."
(John und Mary Coyne)

  took this statement literally and contacted John und Mary Coyne to support  WELLS FOR ZOË  by their music, CDs and concerts. 

... and the money goes to WELLS FOR ZOË !     Check here

In summer 2016 we eventually met John and Mary in Dublin. We were impressed by their power and energy for Wells for Zoë and they gave us a lot of information about the project!

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