Election were held to expand the executive committee of the Shisong Water Association. The committee filled three new positions to be held by women and has diversified the executive committee to include members from every quarter. After elections, the general assemble gave appreciation to all volunteers who maintained fire breaks and cleared land for fire tracing this past month. The newly elected leaders than established a work plan and schedule for construction starting in 2015. “Our water scheme is moving on well especially now that we have established effective plan of work with time frames" said the newly elected internal auditor for the water association. Construction will begin on the storage tank in January 2015.
The Shisong community has become even more determined to see their water project to completion. Even with the lack of funds to purchase some necessary materials everyone is adamant that work must still continue. Volunteer community labor is underway. Once a week the around 50 men, women and youths trek to the storage take to move stones and gravel to the proposed construction site. The community will continue to do work in anticipation for the completion of the storage tank. There is still a great need for funds to by cement and pipe. Everyone from Shisong thanks you for your support and generosity.
Under the leadership of the Shisong Water association the local community has used the global giving funds and volunteered their labor to build eight temporary stand pipes. These stand pipes will give over Three thousand people year round running water. Usually in the dry season the local water sources run dry and families have to trek miles to find fresh water. The temporary stand pipes will remain until the storage tank has been completed and then permanent stand pipes can be placed. The community has finished the generous funds that we eceived from global giving and needs more to proceed.
Lack of Collecting Tank results in Water Scarcity
For some while now the villagers of Shisong have been slow in realizing the final phase of their water project. A situation that is affecting the community so much that there is water scarcity. This was particularly noticed during peak dry season (February and March) Increased efforts to raise funds for the construction of water collecting tank has been slow. The project which was started with a lot of enthusiasm is experiencing some difficulties due to poverty and donor fatigue. The villagers have been doing voluntary work, donating cash, food and drinks for the project. Its for these reasons that Mr Wanyu with determination said ‘Am very worried about this water project and do not know where to begin again, but we must do something to improve the situation.’
After a long recess of six months the inhabitants of Shisong turn out in great numbers to continue work on their water project. This happen after an executive meeting . Almost every male in the neighborhood turn out for the work with their Pig axes , spades and Machetes. These tools made it possible for work to advanced faster. The lead volunteers were clearing the grass while others were digging trenches
Some of the community dwellers who were not able to part of the work supplied foodstuff and palmwine. Unlike in other places where workers have coffee break we had palm wine break . Palm wine is a natural drink that gives lots of energy. So it was common place to see workers serious at one end and others with cups at the other end.
A distance of two kilometers was covered in two days. ‘Mr Vitalis Ban was so happy and upon addressing the crowd reiterated that they shall stop at nothing until they distributed to the various quarters.’
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