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Impacts From a Clean Water Supply
Community Health Improves
Millions of deaths are attributed to water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid and cholera. Therefore, improvement in the quality of drinking water significantly improves the health status of the entire community.
Mrs Bhagyamma of S.T. Palle Village, Andhra Pradesh, India, says:
"I am happy to say that the water from this borewell doesn't just keep us alive; it gives us everything that makes our life worth living.
Our earning potential is improved, our children's education is improved, and our health is improved. Before constructing this well, most of our village were getting water from a local pond for washing, bathing and drinking, so we suffered chronic illness. Now, the safe water fills our village people with hope for a healthier, more prosperous future. Our gratitude to the funders."
Household Economies Improve
Many rural people in developing countries live well below the poverty line. With so much time spent on water collection, there is insufficient time to perform productive activities. Improving the water supply means people can pursue income-generating activities, and people can direct money previously spent on health-related issues to their economic development.
Mrs Gopamma of Uppaluru Village in Andhra Pradesh says:
"I have saved so much time since the installation of this borewell. I have free time to work on our family bamboo basket weaving business and have more income for the family. This borewell proved very useful during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the hygiene training on washing our hands regularly with soap."
Education Outcomes Improve
School children in developing countries spend hours on water collection, missing valuable education time. Hence, providing water in a school. Expected results are increased school enrolment, especially among girls, decreased absenteeism, and increased academic performance.
Isma and her fellow pupils of Kiwafu Primary School in Uganda says:
"Our break time at school has always been occupied by the long walks outside school to look for water. Sometimes we would even miss our after-break lessons.
With this new well on our school compound, we will have more time to play and relax at break time. We will also be able to wash our hands as regularly as possible to avoid the virus."
Community Well Being Improves
On average, people access safe water within 300 metres instead of 2-3km treks before the installation of the new well. An average of 2 hours is saved daily, especially by women and children. Time is not used for study and productive work on family farms or businesses. Our programs improve access to water by reducing the distance to clean water to an average of 300-500 metres closer to the rural community homesteads.
Mrs Goretti of Namuganga West Village in rural Uganda says:
"I live with my 4 grandchildren who all go to school at 7am. Many times they would not manage to bring water home as they were in a hurry. So it was a very long journey for me to the swamp to collect.
The refurbished well is only 200 metres away from my home, and now I can collect water without a big burden."
Gender Equality Improves
Women's voices may not be heard as men are historically the community leaders. We challenge this cultural dynamic when we install a water well. Providing water closer to the household has a very positive effect on women and children's live whose job is to collect the household water. Women are now free from the burden of water collection and can pursue income-generating activities.
Mrs Mudondo, 52 years of Nyala Village in Mukono District, says.
"I was born in a family of 14 children, 13 boys, and I was the only girl. Given that collecting water is a female gender role, myself and my mother carried the burden of supplying the family with enough water for our domestic use. I had to carry more than 120 litres of water on my head daily. When I was 14 years, I developed back pain that started as a mild disorder but became so profound that I could no longer walk, sit or stand upright. I visited Nagojje Health Centre III doctors who referred me for specialized services at Kiludu or Mulago Health Centre. I was given treatment and advised to avoid carrying anything.
Because of this new well, I can carry the water we need by hand over a short distance. Special thanks to the funders of this new community well."