Africa Vital Living was founded by Dr Darryl M Matthews out of the missionary trips that he undertook starting in 2010. In walking through and around the villages of Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe, Dr Matthews witnessed the dire water, school and clothing situations that the people had to contend with each and every day.
In 2011 while walking through a village, Dr Matthews encountered a hole in the ground where water had collected. It was filled with trash and the local cows and other animals came there regularly to drink and do their business. Dr Matthews host, Abusa Booker Banda, informed me that this hole was the place where people came to get their water for this local area and Dr Matthew felt the Holy Spirit lay upon his heart the need to do something to change this situation.
Out of that “nudging” came the inspiration to form Africa Vital Living with the goal to bring clean, reliable drinking water to as many villages as possible.