Denbe Abagi'e CommunityCompleted: August 2013 [?]
- GPS: 13.855, 39.5356 [?]
- Project Cost: $9,961.47 [?]
- Local Partner: A Glimmer of Hope [?]
- Project ID: ET.GOH.Q4.11.110.062[?]
- Field Notes:
Thanks to you, this village now has access to clean and safe drinking water. 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. Our partner has helped the community form a Water Committee, who will oversee the usage and repair of the water point. They even know how to do some basic repairs themselves!
The community has also been educated on safe hygiene practices. Since work began, 50% more households have latrines at home, which they constructed with their own time and materials. This shows how committed they are to improving health at home and in the whole community. Families are also using soap and clean water to wash their hands, clothes and water containers. These changes are already making a big impact -- within the first few months after the project was completed, sickness from waterborne disease dropped by 11%.
The people here, especially women and children, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. Even then, each family member had to make do with about five liters of water per day for drinking, bathing, cooking and everything else. The water wasn't safe to drink and often made people sick. Thanks to your help, people here are walking significantly less and waiting less time at the water point every day when collecting water. This means each family can now use up to 15 liters per person per day! Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.
Note: We wanted to show you that this community is serious about keeping their project safe, clean and functioning for years to come. They built a fence on their own initiative, to prevent animals from contaminating the area and to show ownership of their new water source.