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The .PDF presentation of the current project “Water Connections” – Drinking water for 200 families in MbinuDita. This document presents to you in detail the project that we started at the beginning of November 21, after months of preliminary studies. Once completed, the water connections will reach homes, families throughout the MbinuDita region. A magic trick carried out thanks to all of you, to all the friends of the Foundation. the “Kawan Baik” from here and elsewhere. No water, no life. No blue, no green!
The Shades of Water – East Sumba
Provide safe water and sanitation solutions to anyone who has never had access to it.
Fair Future is launching a program to provide access to drinking water to several dozen villages that do not have access to water or to sanitation solutions. Several phases of this project began in 2021.
The water crisis is rooted in poverty, inequality and inequitable power relations, as well as inappropriate water management policies that aggravate water scarcity.
For the MbinuDita project, the aim is to provide a drinking water network to more than 220 families who have never had direct access to it. Where it is complicated is that the groups of houses are sometimes several kilometres apart. So that makes the thing technically complex in terms of physical law! This action is fully linked to the “Water Connections” program, initiated in 2021, by Fair Future in the outermost regions of eastern Indonesia.
Fair Future has started a program to provide access to clean water and sanitation solutions to dozens of villages, that have no direct access to water or sanitation solutions, in East Sumba (NTT), Mbinudita village.
This program, which started in 2021, has no end date. Water Connections is its name. It aims to forge water connections, in order to get closer to where people live, in rural areas of eastern Indonesia. And in fact, ensuring them direct access to a source of clean and healthy water.
The inhabitants of the poorest regions, including Sumba East, where Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations are at work every day, are the primary victims of this situation. Indeed, undrinkable water and poor sanitation lead to unsanitary conditions, disease and, in fact, impoverishment.
The general situation in Indonesia
With a population of 264 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and claims Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The capital, Jakarta, continues to expand as an international hub; however, rural communities and residents of informal settlements in urban areas struggle in terms of poor health and infrastructure. For many households, water sources are distant, contaminated, or expensive, and household sanitation is unaffordable.
Nearly 28 million Indonesians lack safe water and 71 million lack access to improved sanitation facilities; Most of these families live in eastern Indonesia, where we are active. Fortunately, there is a growing microfinance sector -Fair Future-, serving low-income households across the country, and they are recognising that financing for water supply and sanitation is a growing need.
Water is a matter of concern to us at the Fair Future Foundation
Our humanitarian responses, our campaigns, and our long-term initiatives help families improve their incomes, reduce their vulnerability to disasters, and defend their rights. The purposes of this project are to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, which prevents disease and sustains lives and livelihoods; reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity; and involve women and men in water and sanitation resource management and safe hygiene practices to maximise benefits for their communities.
What are the challenges we face every day?
The east of the country is like the aridest African countries. Rainfall is low, even in the rainy season. Finding water is complicated, finding clean or consumable water is a real challenge. Certainly, water tables exist, but you have to dig very (too) deep, in order to find a source of consumable water and therefore, not dangerous for the health of people. From then on, people are content to dig shallow, manual wells which dry up after a few weeks of the dry season.
The consequences for the foundation are therefore that people get sick, and the morbidity of children and other vulnerable people is high. It is not uncommon for us not to find a child on a new visit to a village!
The problems are above all technical, and also economic. Drilling more than 100 meters requires technology, equipment, and knowledge that does not exist on site. Or, giving oneself the means to drill deeply is too expensive for the people of this region, the poorest of this immense country!
In addition, electricity is non-existent in most rural areas. People don’t have light, children study in the dark most of the time. Pumping water more than 150m deep requires considerable electrical power! So the sun? Yes of course! But equipping a well with solar panels still costs a lot of money!
We are working in this program for months and for many years in total
Right now, are building drinking water networks to provide access to quality & quantity of water in rural communities of East Sumba.
For several months we have been active among other things in the realisation of an extraordinary & magical program: “The Water Connections Project”.
Water Connections means giving access for the first time in their history, to an entire rural region of East Sumba, to sources of clean & non-lethal water, close to places where are living families. Clean water for everyone’s health, especially children & vulnerable people (#rebuildmbinudita is a region & a village made up of nearly 2,500 villagers, the majority of whom are kids).
13.05.22: Soon, in one of the most rural and disadvantaged regions of NTT, a new team will join the one already on-site working from our local bases camp in Rumah Kambera.
After drilling the 1st deep well, we will have to drill two new deep wells. After having built ten reservoirs of more than 6,000 litres, supplied by the first clean water borehole, we still have about ten to build, which will be supplied by the two new boreholes.
And start the construction of sanitary facilities: Ten units each comprising: two toilets, two showers, a clean water collection point, and a laundry washing point.
This realisation brings them better health, and income also because they can sell their vegetables from their garden, which they water with their water. It also has a real and significant impact on issues of underweight and malnutrition, as families can eat produce from their gardens, cook, drink more and healthier, and have a shower more regularly too.
No longer having to walk for miles to fetch 5 small litres of non-edible water. Obviously, the reduction in child morbidity and serious illnesses intrinsically linked to poor water quality and the consequences of associated diseases is decreasing and will decrease further when all families in the region have access to this new water network.
Thank you so much for helping us.