Changing lives in the village of Fiarenana

Apr 18, 2009

Building the new communal well

Old communal well before rebuilding it
Old communal well before rebuilding it

Fiarenana had great promise in becoming a model village for Zahana’s participatory approach. Rooted in Zahana’s participatory approach the community decided which project to tackle first. During the last site visit in April 2009 the villages completed reinforcing and improving the communal well. (see photos)

This well is fed by three natural spings. This location has been traditionally used as a communal water source for a long time (see photo ‘old well’). The community decided, since this well represents their history they would rather improve it that digging a new one in a different location. Although it is located outside the village, in a valley where the natural springs are the new stairs make access much easier

In keeping with Zahana’s participatory approach the villagers provided all locally available materials, such as the stones and sand and their labor. Zahana provided the cement, the water filter and the new faucets that required to be bought in town and transported to the village. (see photos)

The new water container, replacing the old well, has a capacity of 1700 liters (450 gallons). The new container is closed and therefore not exposed to debris and dirt, since the water is accessed thought the faucets. This is a vast improvement over the old bucket on a rope system. (see photos at the project description)

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The community builds a new well
The community builds a new well
The new communal water tank is almost ready
The new communal water tank is almost ready



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