Adopt a village water harvesting - Year 6, Kalimantan, Indonesia
Cause:Water & Sanitation
Human Dev Index:#114 (Aus #5)
Our implementing partners are working with 75 of the poorest villages in southern Kalimantan to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In each village the idea is to undertake appropriate surveying before training and working with the villagers to build water tanks and toilets for between 15 to 20 families in the village. At the end of this time, the villagers have the skills and knowledge to finish building toilets and tanks for the remaining villagers, as well as to maintain those already built. Hygiene education is a key component to the project.
Why support this
With a number of villages already completed, our partners now have the experience and know-how to most effectively reach the remaining needy villages. We are impressed at how our partner is working with the local government – it is the government who has identified the neediest villages. We particularly appreciate how our partner is taking time to make sure the toilet solution matches the local culture and the physical environment. With so much water around, how do you make sure your sewerage does not further contaminate the water-ways?
This budget supports 15 – 20 families per village with clean water solutions and hygiene education, for two villages
- The river is the main water source for these poor villagers.
- They use it for drinking washing, irrigation and as a toilet!!
- Sickness and infant mortality is high because of this.
- During the dry season the need is pronounced as the river flow is greatly reduced, thus increasing toxicity and reducing the availability of any sort of water!
- The aim is to provide a toilet ($275) and water tank ($990 part share) for 20 families per village (15 families per village is the minimum for sustainability of results).
- It will cost $25,300 to complete each village at the preferred level of 20 families.
- This includes initial surveys and education and training.
Expected Life Change
- Every person in the village will eventually benefit as village members are trained in how to install and maintain their own septic systems and water storage facilities
- Public health education will improve health and reduce child mortality as a result of water-borne disease
- Clean water sources will slowly improve life expectancy – many people living in this area die young as a result of a lifetime exposure to polluted water