Kitambi/Kabona - KashalalaCompleted: December 2013 [?]
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Sponsor: Project 320 Well [?]
- GPS: -1.844806, 28.985389 [?]
- Project Cost: $7,971.58 [?]
- Local Partner: Action Against Hunger [?]
- Project ID: CD.ACF.Q1.12.115.010[?]
- Field Notes:
Thanks to you, this community now has access to clean and safe drinking water. They've also been trained by our local partners on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of their water project. Each family using the new water source contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. Each family will continue to pay a small amount to use the water; the community will save this money for any necessary maintenance and repairs.
Working in the South Kivu region of the DRC presented two challenges. The team at ACF has worked hard through supply chain issues and conflict to complete this project.
In the Spring 2012, a conflict between the Congolese army and other armed forces in eastern DRC forced a migration of refugees into South Kivu. With the number of internally displaced people quickly increasing, natural resources were at an all time low.
The delivery of pipes and accessories, which includes finding the correct materials, shipping and navigating customs, took extra time. In addition, DRC is a large country -- transporting materials across demanding terrain made delivery complex.
Our partner Action Against Hunger was able to continue their activity on the ground and have since reported a 30% increase in the number of people with access to clean water! In total, 13 schools and 5 health clinics were able to gain access to a safe water source, and many water committees were created who have contact with local authorities. About 250 household latrines were built in Kivu. This significantly improves hygiene and sanitation.
With over 100 water points serving the communities in South Kivu, women and children no longer have to walk for several miles and hours to get water. Thanks to your help, they now have enough water per day for drinking, bathing, cooking and everything else. Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.