Working in central Bali, our implementing partners have been helping poor villages access clean water and health care for over seven years. Each village has unique needs; in the first village for this project, the community has no ready access to clean water, instead they rely on rice field run-off (very unhealthy), and in the dry season, which lasts for five months, even this dries up. The aim here is to connect the village to a clean water source and teach them how to maintain the network. In the second village, water is available, but not shared, with some families having too much, and others going without. The aim here is to establish a working water management committee, set up a water network to distribute it equally, and provide a water storage method for the dry season.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT
Our partners are working with villages who are keen to improve their current situation. One village approached our partners directly. There is therefore strong local buy-in, which gives the project much greater sustainability. We appreciate the thought that goes in to developing solutions for each unique situation, instead of attempting to roll out a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. By training locals, the means are there for maintenance and sustainability long after our partners are gone. In addition, community members will supply the labour for the project and some of the building materials – there is a real desire here to improve themselves!
Central Bali is not wealthy, and the villages chosen are extremely poor – even within the local culture, relying on agricultural run-off is uncommon. Access to clean water is one of the most basic needs humans have. Lack of clean water leads to illness, decrease in earning capacity and capacity to attend school and a reduction in disposable income.
In addition, the communities need to be able to see themselves as agents of change. Both villages have real challenges, and our partners are aiming to help the community see they can solve these challenges themselves.
The budget translates to 223,807,000 Indonesian Rupiahs (IDR) at an exchange rate of 1AUD:10,003IDR). This will purchase tanks, pipes, water filters and material to enclose water sources to keep them pure, as well as wages of the local project manager/trainer. All labour and some materials are provided by the villages themselves.