Bringing drinking water to a remote settlement will save children's lives and keep girls in school. It also will free up women's time, enabling them to pursue new opportunities and improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Villagers in Onura, mostly women and girls, must walk many kilometers every single day to collect every drop of water. This prevents many girls from going to school and many women from having enough time to earn a decent living. Most of the water they collect-from stagnant ponds, marshes, or ditches-is contaminated with parasites and bacteria. Unsafe water frequently kills children because their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery, and other water-borne disease.
Our Onura Water Project will fund the installation of two hand pumps, two stable wells, and a pipe delivering drinking water from free-flowing mountain springs. Each pump will provide 240 households (1,560 people total) with water from a new well.
More children will live. Women and girls will no longer spend up to 4 hours a day gathering water. When women have more time to grow food and start businesses and girls can go to school, this will ripple to lift the entire community out of poverty.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Onura Water Project on our website
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