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One Million Wells

Water. One of the basic necessities of life, and one that many of us take for granted. We use it for sanitation, hygiene and most importantly, drinking.

According to UNICEF, 663 million people worldwide are still without access to safe drinking water – this includes almost 80 million people in India alone. Instead, they use a common water source, such as rivers and lakes, which are contaminated with pollution, defecation and water-borne diseases including cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea.

dreamstime_xl_23934920-3468x2306Over the past few years and in partnership with other NGO’s, Mi-Link has been able to drill 96 wells in areas all over India and has seen incredibly positive changes in these villages by breaking the cycle of water poverty and decreasing the risk of disease.

As water is collected by mostly women and children and many have to walk long distances and spend hours doing so, this impacts on working, caring for family members and education. All wells drilled with Mi-Link have been placed within close proximity to the villages to reduce the time spent collecting water and allow easy access for the whole community.

Mi-link has a vision for 1 million wells to be drilled in more Indian communities. Each well costs approximately AUD$2500. To complete these projects and reach this incredible goal, Mi-Link needs your support.

If your Church, group or organisation would like to be a part of drilling 1 million wells for India, please contact us. Or, if you would like to contribute by donating, please visit our donations page or donate directly at MyCause.


Sources: UNICEF, Water.org, WHO

Surrender Conference 2016

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… and love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31

Mi-Link is going to the Surrender Conference 2016! This is our first conference that we have participated in locally, and we are so excited to be sharing our vision and mission with other like-minded individuals.

The Surrender Conference brings together thousands of Australians with a similar goal: sharing ideas, stories and hope on justice, discipleship and mission. The theme for this year’s conference is Love God, Love Neighbour, Love Enemy, based on Mark 12:30-31. Mi-Link’s vision and mission encapsulates this statement – to show God’s love in practical ways in all that we do.

Come along and meet our team. Surrender: 16 will be held at the Belgrave Heights Convention Centre from March 17 – 20. Visit surrender.org.au for more details and to register.

Earthquake in India

On January 4th, a major earthquake measuring 6.7 hit Imphal, the capital city of Manipur in northern India, near the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. A reported 6 people have been killed, and dozens more injured trying to escape crumbling buildings.

Since 2014, Mi-Link has provided support for an orphanage in the Manipur region, which is located near the epicentre of Monday’s earthquake. Earlier in December, Mi-Link visited the orphanage, where there are now 25 children being cared for with free education, accommodation and food.

This coming year, Mi-Link will begin drilling new deep core wells throughout the state of Manipur, which will provide free and clean water for many villages which have never had this basic necessity.

If you would like to provide financial support for the village wells, or the orphanage and help with any repairs needed from the earthquake, please contact us by email (contact@mi-link.org), phone (0410 154 041) or post (PO Box 991, Pakenham. VIC 3810). All donations are tax deductible.

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Fishing on an inland lake in Manipur, India


Sources: Aljazeera

Mi-Link’s History in India and Africa

Mi-Link has been involved in projects throughout India and Africa since its formation in 1988. Founder Ps Geoff Holland travelled regularly to India and several African countries, establishing connections between communities and villages, and groups here in Australia. As a result of these networks, Mi-Link was able to create and provide support for various projects which greatly enhanced communitiesorphanage1 - 300

Some of our previous work in India includes the founding of two orphanages in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for children that have been orphaned, abandoned or are from destitute families. These orphanages provide the children with a safe, loving home and also an good education for necessary employment. Both of the orphanages are now overseen by Churches in Victoria, Australia.

Ghana -Liberian refugee campGeoff travelled to Africa visiting multiple countries, with his last trip in 2000. Since then, other Mi-Link members have continued to visit nations in Africa, carrying on Geoff’s work and vision. One example of Mi-Link’s work occurred when a team visited the Liberian refugee camp, Buduburam, in Ghana. The camp was first opened by the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) in 1990 for those who fled from the Liberian civil wars of 1989-1996 and 1999-2003, as well as the Sierra Leone civil war (1991-2001). Mi-Link first visited Buduburam in 2003, when there were more than 40,000 refugees living in the camp, and have since returned numerous times to support local groups, and also provide pharmaceutical aid to the camp medical team for distribution to those in need.

Mi-Link has a heart for helping and supporting outcasts, the poor, destitute, the forgotten. This vision is continued today with our work in India. To read more, please see Where We Work.


Sources: UNHCR

In Focus: India

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Dalits

Untouchables. Impure. Lesser Human Beings.

Dalits are those placed on the bottom of a social caste system, and as such are discriminated against by the higher castes. Caste discrimination is a global issue, but the majority of Dalits are found throughout South-East Asia, including India.

There are approximately 250 million Dalits in India, and many people consider them not only beneath the higher castes, but also outside of the caste system altogether. Dalits are excluded from or have only limited access to legal aid, education, health services, and political participation, consequently keeping them in extreme poverty.


“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” (Mother Teresa)


Very little legislation is in place to protect Dalits in India, and what exists is rarely implemented. Consequently, Dalits are subject to horrific and extreme crimes: debt or sexual slavery, bonded labour, violence, abuse, assault, and manual scavenging – the removal of human waste by hand. This task is reserved exclusively for Dalits.

Violence and discrimination against Dalits in India occurs almost daily. In March 2015, a 17-year-old Dalit girl was set alight for pursuing her education. In May 2015, 3 Dalits were run over and killed by a group of higher castes over a land dispute. There are many more stories of injustice against Dalits not only in India, but worldwide.

Proverbs 31: 8-9 tells us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,DSCN0798 for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Mi-Link is working with the Dalits and tribal villagers of India, providing them with free education in a safe environment, as well as free village wells and toilets.

Throughout the Bible, God reveals His desire for His children to show compassion and mercy to the poor and needy. To demonstrate the love and kindness of Jesus Christ to “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). To show them they are Accepted, they are Treasured, they are Not A Mistake.

Dalits. Priceless. Worthy. Loved.


Sources: International Dalit Solidarity Network, AljazeeraYahoo News India, One India, The Times of India