Harvesting Clean Water – Year 2

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$14,617 $33,700
Project Code: IDN-KAG-HCW-P02


This 3-year project builds on previous projects funded over the past 9 years and continues to focus on drinking water, sanitation and public health. Social surveys, public health education, construction of Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) tanks and follow-up will be conducted to provide clean drinking water. Once an initial number of tanks and toilets are built, the villagers then have the skills and knowledge to finish building them for the remaining villagers as well as maintaining those already built. The current focus is on the Banjar regency in South Kalimantan, made up of 250+ villages.

Why support this:

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a severe lack of work, making potable water and food increasingly unaffordable. The aim is to provide a daily amount of 6 litres of drinking water per person, which is valued at $180 (AUD) annually per person. This equates to an annual saving of around $13-18,000 for each village if they no longer need to buy drinking water. Our partners have worked with families and communities in the area for 10 years and are a trusted group with established links to multiple government departments. The program is the first successful drinking water program in the area and is attracting invitations from other surrounding Kalimantan provinces.

Budget: Total budget $101,100. Year 2: $33,700. The budget supports 15 to 20 families per village with clean water solutions and hygiene education, targeting two villages per year.

The Need:

The river is the main water source for these poor villagers. It is used for drinking, washing, irrigation and as a toilet!! As a result sickness and infant mortality is high. During the dry season the need is pronounced as the river flow is greatly reduced, thus increasing toxicity and reducing the availability of any sort of water. The aim is to provide a toilet and water tank (part-share) for 20 families per village. This includes initial surveys and education and training.

Expected Life Change:

  • Every person in the village will eventually benefit as village members are trained in how to install and maintain their own septic systems and water storage facilities
  • Public health education will improve health and reduce child mortality due to water-borne disease
  • More cooperation/trust in the community as people save and work together to build new systems under the multiplication program
  • Clean water sources will slowly improve life expectancy – many people living in this area die young as a result of a lifetime exposure to polluted water

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