Working towards the UN Millennium Development Goals
MDG: Increase access to safe drinking water Help villagers in the poorest regions of the world gain access to safe drinking water.
We drill boreholes and install pumps to draw clean water from the ground and construct tanks to store water. In regions where demand is outstripping supply (causing the water table to be falling rapidly), we install rainwater harvesting systems.
Mengjaiwadi pada, in Wangni, India is a hill top village that faced acute water shortages during the dry season. The nereby springs and ponds were the only source of water for the villagers. These usually dries up by February/March. Moreover, the poor quality of drinking water from these springs and ponds was a serious health concern. During the summer months, when the springs and ponds no longer supplied any water, the women journeyed up to 4 to 5 km through mountainous trails to fetch water.
To provide this village with a safe and continuous source of drinking water, UNFF installed a rainwater harvesting system. Roofs served as a catchment system, and water was stored in a cistern. A charcoal filter was installed between the roofs and the concrete tank to clean the water before storage. The tank was cleaned prior to storing water during the rainy season.
Many thanks to our project leader Atul Inamdar and the dedicated expert volunteers who have worked on this project!
For more information about our India Chapter, please visit our India section.
In March 2011, UNFF Zambia drilled a borehole and installed a handpump in the peri-urban village of Ngwerere, which is 11 km outside of Lusaka, Zambia.
We drilled down to a depth of 53 meters. Casing was installed to protect the well. The pump draws water from a deep aquifer. This borehole/handpump is located in the vicinity of a health clinic and a women's shelter. The handpump will supply a safe, reliable source of drinking water for the neighboring communities, and for those who come to use the health clinic and women's shelter - around 500 people per day. The total cost of the project was $4000 US.
The local villagers have assembled a drinking water committee to maintain the handpump. They will be collecting monthly fees from users and saving those funds for future maintenance expenses. UNFF Zambia will continue to monitor the borehole/handpump. We will attend monthly water committee meetings to ensure the pump is maintained.
We are grateful to Africa Drilling for a job well done! The crew, driller and management (Satish Reddy) executed on time and within budget! We are also grateful to the Ministry of Community Development for helping us identify a worthy project!
Water Project at Lusungu Children’s home
Lusungu Children’s Home is an orphanage in Chingola, which is in the Copperbelt near the border with the Congo. Over the past 15 years, Bishop Caddie Ngambi and his family have created a self sustaining haven here for up to 95 abandoned and abused children. In 2014, the Lusungu Children’s home was selected for a capital water project to provide clean and safe drinking water to the children at the orphanage.
The project involved drilling, casing and developing a 50 meter borehole. In addition to this, it also provided a pump, storage tank and plumbing to connect the well to the residential buildings in the compound.
For more information about our Zambia Chapter, please visit our Zambia section.