Popokabaka - BF Popokabaka Water Point 18

Published December 2013

Democratic Republic of the Congo

250

People Served

Piped System - Tap Stand

Project Cost

$9,921.86

Local Partner

Action Against Hunger

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 Bandundu 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, where additional projects were constructed. 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.This significantly improves hygiene and sanitation for the communities.


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