Well or Water System
Getting to the source. A safe source of water close to a village enables better health, improved hygiene and healthier vegetables for a community. This gift may include a well or borehole, hand pump, filtration system and/or storage pond, as well as training in maintenance.
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Can you imagine walking for ten hours to get water each day? This is how long it used to take mother of four Nyarike from South Sudan (pictured left) to make a round trip to the nearest river.
Nyarike says: “I used to get up at 2am to prepare my family’s food. At 3am I would start walking to the river. I arrived at around 8am, after five hours’ walking. I’d then collect the water and carry it back home on my head, another five hours’ walk. When I got home the family had eaten the food I had prepared so I would then cook again and do the household jobs before getting a bit of sleep and waking up again at 2am. I did that every day.”
After TEAR’s partner Tearfund UK drilled a bore and installed a pump near Nyarike’s home, a round trip to collect water takes only six minutes. It’s transformed her life, and that of her community.
As well as saving around 70 hours a week, Nyarike is much healthier now she doesn’t need to carry a jerry can of water on her head for five hours a day. She says: “We don’t have guinea worm now we don’t go to the river and because we have clean water we don’t get diarrhoea any more.”
With the time that she used to spend collecting water Nyarike is able to cultivate the family’s land to grow crops to improve their nutrition and further improve their health.
All the people who use the pump pay a small fee to their Water Users’ Committee to provide a fund to pay for maintenance and repairs (also done by a local pump mechanic who has been trained by the project) to ensure that the benefits they have received will continue for years to come.
Your gift of a well/water system is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – Tearfund UK
Tearfund UK is a Christian relief and development agency working to end poverty and injustice. Inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, it recognises that people have deeply interconnected material and spiritual needs, and it seeks to meet those needs by working through local church partners.