This week we wanted to report on two small projects that have just been completed and as luck would have it, today is World Water Day. This year's topic is “Valuing Water” and the question behind what water means to us. There’s probably no better day to share the two success stories from Madagascar and Laos with you today! Do you still remember our Christmas campaign? We introduced a few options to contribute to infrastructural changes in our running schools on a smaller budget.
Let’s travel to the South first and check out what happened to the school in Ambalafeno, Madagascar.
The school urgently needed a clean water tank for the school to use for handwashing and drinking water. Through the funding of a private donor and after two months of construction, the tank provides water for the 372 students and ten teachers. With a scheduled construction period of two months, the aim was to finish before the rainy season begins. The community got involved, and the children's fathers helped to dig the trenches for the water pipes. And what can we say? The water tank is installed, used, and can contain up to 14000 liters of water to make the everyday life in school cleaner and more hygienic and reduces health risks.
From the South to the East: Laos. Water scarcity and contamination pose serious health risks for many locals in remote areas of Laos. There was an urgent need for safe freshwater at Baan Nam Kha Community. Through the generous support of Daisy Corporate Services it was possible to install a solution for the community by connecting water from a stream in the mountain. Bamboo and plastic pipes were used to bring the water down from the springs into the primary water system. This enables water supply and storage and the water tank can ensure the school and community all-year-round access to clean and safe water for consumption, sanitation, and hygiene. The drinking water source is improved, which leads to a decrease in water-related infections and diseases and is an improvement in sanitary standards. On top of that, instructions and training on maintenance will result in adequate water and sanitation management.
Water - What does it mean to you? How is water essential to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?
With the completion of these two constructions, we are sure that water means something different than before for those communities benefitting from the new water tanks.