To build a well, install a water pump and a water filter for
water supply and safe and clean water for the community
Clean water is key for environmental health and overall health of people
We live in a country where water supply is not an issue. It is taken for granted that every time we flush a toilet, 5 litres of water goes down the drains.
Now imagine having only 20 litres of water for the whole family – having to walk a kilometre to reach a well, stand in a line with other women and wait for your turn to get water. The water distribution system is regulated by the government and frequently not in operation.
Water is frequently not drinkable, prices of wood and charcoal are too high so people cannot afford to boil water and therefore risk infections that can ultimately lead to death, especially amongst children.
In the majority of areas around the Gambia there is enough water, the problem is accessibility. The water distribution system normally runs through urban areas and digging wells in remote areas where people need these the most is usually too expensive. There is commonly only one well for the whole community without proper protection – wells are covered with corrugated metal sheets or straw. Water in those wells gets easily contaminated leading to infections. Those kinds of infections due to contaminated water are responsible for 20% of deaths among children age 5 and younger.
We were able to buy a piece of land in the Gambia last year with the help of our sponsors, donors and volunteers. This marks the beginning of our next project, the construction of an education centre.
In July of this year, construction work will begin. Mentors and students of the Faculty of Architecture, of the University of Ljubljana and students of the GTTI Gambia institute will join their expertise and start building what will be the first educational centre of this kind in the Gambia.
But after many gains we have reached a dead end: the nearest water distribution system is over a kilometre away. The fastest and cheapest option is to ensure water supply to our land. Without regular water supply, work on the land will be extremely delayed and in the worst case even prevented altogether.
The well on the land will provide water not only for our volunteers, builders and everyone involved in construction work, but also for people living in the area – they will no longer have to walk kilometres to get water.
We are in desperate need of your help in order to build the well on our land, install a water pump, protect the well and install a water filter system.
Every Euro counts!
We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.