Only 45% of people in our area have sufficient water for their needs, which is amongst the lowest in the world. People need water for cooking, drinking, watering their chickens and animals, and washing. Many people now have to move to cities simply due to lack of water. The Joliba Trust specialises in building cement wells, which have no breakdown problems, and a large diameter, so that 6-8 women can draw water at once to avoid long queuing. Thanks to our supporters’ very generous help, we have been able to fund 16 wells so far. These are all built in areas of relatively good farming and pastureland.
Drawing water from the well at Bapene
Often the only constraint to more people living in an area with much better land is simply lack of water. Many more people move to a place where there is water. We are extremely grateful for the compressor we have recently bought, which is allowing us to build wells in rocky areas of established settlements, and to deepen some existing wells.
Arrival of the compressor to help get through rock subsoil
A digger coming up from a new well – as you can see, it can be very rocky
All the well management and building work is carried out by local villagers, keeping costs as low as possible, as well as ensuring any ongoing repairs can be made. Joliba funds only the cost of the building materials, the technician, and water hygiene training.
Watering trough at a village well
A local well brings massive benefits, including:-
- A family can eat more than one meal a day. In some villages without wells, women and their children are too busy collecting water all day to have time to prepare food until the evening
- The children can go to school because they don’t have to help their mother
- People can build mud-brick houses, instead of straw ones, which are not weatherproof and are liable to burn down
- People’s health can be radically improved and saved from many disabling and life-shortening diseases such as bilharzia, dysentery, skin and eye diseases and leprosy, which is prevalent in villages where people have insufficient water to wash
- People can keep livestock. Animals are an invaluable resource and provide vital manure for the poor soils. It is very difficult to grow sufficient crops without manure
- Women are not worn out and suffering from joint disorders from carrying heavy loads long distances by the time they are 30
- Women can have time for useful and income-raising activities
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