Between the funds raised here on GlobalGiving and the generous support of other longtime donors, we are just $11,000 away from fully funding a third health clinic water system! Our goal is to raise the balance of funds needed by the end of the year.
Our first two health clinic water systems continue to serve the people and patients of Kelloum Bawa and Kawaye. The attached photo is a still from a video we recently received of women at the taps that serve the village in Kawaye. The joy in their faces is evident even in this still photo, and it's easy to understand why. These women went from having to walk miles every day in search of water that was often contaminated to having taps right in their village where they can access safe, clean water as easily as we do.
The solar-powered, mechanized water system at the Kelloum Bawa Health Clinic is now complete! There is clean, running water in all three rooms—the examining room, the treatment room, and delivery room-- as well as hand-washing stations that allow access to safe water by simply turning on a tap. Women who are about to give birth no longer have the difficult burden of carrying water for their deliveries.
The people who live in the nearby village of Kelloum Bawa also have access to clean running water at a tap stand in the village. This means that the women and girls of Kelloum Bawa no longer have to spend hours every day walking for water that is often contaminated.
Now, more than ever, it’s critical that healthcare facilities have access to safe water. That’s why we’re committed to raising another $50,000 for a third health clinic solar-powered, mechanized water system, which I hope you’ll support. As always, 100% of your donation will go to saving lives in the poorest country in the world!
The water system for the health care facility that you helped make possible has been drilled in Kelloum Bawa, the village in which the clinic is located. Please see the attached photos from the day the well was drilled! The work to complete the mechanized system continues and is expected to be completed by the end of March. Once complete, this system will be composed of water points, or taps, within the village and the clinic itself. The importance of these taps cannot be overstated. Once they are up and running, the people of Kelloum Bawa and the patients at the health care facility will be able to access safe, clean water instantly, no walking or pumping required. They will simply turn on a tap, much like we do.
We are also thrilled to report that in addition to the solar water system for the health care facility, we also funded 51 handpump wells in 2020. These wells will provide safe water for roughly 51,000 people at a time when access to clean water is more important than ever before due to Covid-19.
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