The wishing well 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 there are many needs and most of them 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 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, can last tens of years.
Since 2015, IL POZZO DEI DESIDERI has built 23 wells that allow more than 12,000 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 social networks.
Matteo Ferrari (the creator of the project) personally takes care of the fundraising and every year he goes to Malawi for the construction of the wells.
"For every well we build, we also take care of routine and extraordinary maintenance to ensure that the initial effort lasts over time.
Every single euro collected is used for construction; all travel, food and lodging expenses are my responsibility."