Our implementing partners are working with 75 of the poorest villages in southern Kalimantan to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In each village the idea is to undertake appropriate surveying before training and working with the villagers to build water tanks and toilets for between 15 to 20 families in the village. At the end of this time, the villagers will have the skills and knowledge to finish building toilets and tanks for the remaining villagers, as well as to maintain those already built. Hygiene education is a key component of the project.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
With a number of villages already completed, our partners now have the experience and know-how to most effectively reach the remaining needy villages. We are impressed at how our partner is working with the local government – it is the government who has identified the neediest villages. We particularly appreciate how our partner is taking time to make sure the toilet solution matches the local culture and the physical environment. With so much water around, they are making sure the sewerage does not further contaminate the water-ways.
Total amount required this year is $50,000. The budget supports 15 to 20 families per village with clean water solutions and hygiene education in each of the two villages.
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.