Mar 13 2013

Wishing for a well: Community gets clean water source

By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Sponsor Services

Oliver's village
A rural village, west of Antsirabe, Madagascar, is home to a small farming community.

Farming is one of the main sources of income in the Antsirabe region, and the members of this community rely on it.

families in Madagascar

In 2011, Dolores Reed from Paducah, Ky., who sponsors Olivier in this region of Madagascar, learned from an article that many people in the country don’t have easy access to clean water for drinking, cooking or watering the crops in seasons when rainfall is scarce.

She learned through CFCA that Olivier’s village lacked ready access to clean water. The community where he lives relied on streams, which also served as drinking water for the livestock.

“They didn’t have [good access to] water,” Dolores said. “We take water for granted.”

walking for water

The walk to the stream took 20 minutes, and it took another 20 minutes to return.

The villagers would make the long trek across the fields carrying plastic buckets and other containers to carry the water.

ground water source

The community relied on a small trickle of water that came out of the ground through a piece of plastic pipe.

In Madagascar, the children typically perform the chore of fetching the water.

Since water containers are heavy when full, the children would use small containers and make several trips.

When Dolores learned of the village’s situation, she asked CFCA how she could help Oliver and his community.

The community decided that a hand-pump well would be a safe way to get water, as it would ensure no one would fall in.

The Antsirabe project staff hired a water engineer to advise them on the best course of action. The engineer determined a plan for a proper hand-pump well to be built in the month of October. (In Madagascar, October is the best month to construct a well because the ground is much softer.)

A small stone house was constructed to protect the well. The inside was lined with tiles to make cleaning easier.

hand-pump well

Eric, a young boy from the village, watches an adult pump water from the new well.

The community well was completed in October 2012.
Completed well

Getting fresh water at the well

Children from the community place their buckets in a line to have them filled at the new pump.

hand-pump well in Madagascar

Today, the younger children and youth are able to fetch water much more easily because the well is a lot closer than the nearest stream.

The gift of a well has transformed lives in this community. Access to clean, safe water gave families security they lacked.

“I can’t believe they’ve gone this long without this water,” Dolores said. “I was so thrilled they were able to get this clean drinking water.”

The community thanks Dolores and all the CFCA sponsors for turning their dream of readily available clean water into a reality.
Goodbye!

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4 thoughts on “Wishing for a well: Community gets clean water source”

  1. We are so happy for these people. Life cannot exist without good clean drinking water and the fact that the children do not need to carry water from the river, is truly a blessing from God.

    1. Thank you for your question, Laura. If you are interested in improving the health and hygiene of sponsored members, their families and their communities, you can choose to donate to CFCA’s Healthy Communities Fund. Donations to the CFCA Healthy Communities Fund help individuals and their families live a more sanitary and healthy life through building wells, purchasing filtration systems for clean water, building sanitary toilets and much more.

      If you have any questions, you can always contact a Sponsor Services representative at (800) 875-6564 or mail@cfcausa.org from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Mondays through Fridays. Thanks so much for your support, Laura!

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