Zaili A Village is located in the Chibombo province of Zambia. There are no other clean water sources within the village. People will collect water to care for their animals sometimes, but they will mostly use the water closer to their home which could be from a hand dug well or surface water.
250 people live in the community who can gather water within a 30-minute time period. Others in the surrounding areas may choose to walk a greater distance to utilize this well as there are no other clean wells in the area. According to WHO, the World Health Organization, this type of hand pump can service up to 500 people per day.
This is a remote community where there is a high number of waterborne illnesses, such as dysentery, cholera, malaria, Typhoid, and parasites along with skin rashes. Mostly women and young girls go in search of water each day. There are a few hand dug wells in the area but they are limited in water supplies. You can gather a couple containers then the well needs to recharge and collect water again. Many hours are spent waiting in line hoping to collect water each day. Others go in search of open sources where water may have collected. During the dry season the must walk great distances to find open sources of contaminated water. Young children have died due to drinking contaminated water. People struggle to complete their daily chores due to dehydration and illnesses. They do not plant gardens, as water is too precious to spare on watering the plants.
LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL’S PROGRAM
Our program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program focused on specific regions thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability.
SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION
Total Project Cost: $5,000
Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $3,500. The remaining funds will come from LWI’s general giving donations.
WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support during the first 6 years until the local water committees and community have gathered enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee, including a staff member from the clinic, for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well-caregiver will be assigned and equipped to do the ongoing general care of the project at the clinic.
Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. The LW staff works with and through existing churches to mobilize the community, foster unity and spiritual growth, and empower them to be health advocates within their own communities.
Bible storying training is coordinated within the WPA at several locations and outreach evangelism events such as the Jesus film, family activities with spiritual influence, or rallies to name a few. Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral training and fellowship activities are held to unite Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers. When communities grow in [the] knowledge of WASH programs and the Christian faith, it inevitably overflows to neighboring communities, creating a ripple effect for generations to come.
Health improvements will be seen immediately – less dehydration, [fewer] waterborne illness deaths. Women will be able to begin to grow small gardens to help alleviate malnutrition and possibly, small businesses could pop up with extra goods. Endurance will increase to allow for better work strength. Children will be able to stay in school and not be home sick. Time poverty cycle would decrease, allowing for time to be a family and [live] life with less duress. Hope will be there for the first time in this community.
Every day, the 250 residents of the Saili A. community in central Zambia worried about where they would find their next drink of water. The entire community relied on a single hand-dug well that was shallow and unsealed. The residents didn’t have the resources to dig deep enough to reach an aquifer or install a pumping mechanism. Instead, they tossed a bucket into the hand-dug well and hauled water to the surface with a rope. The country’s severe drought threatened to completely dry their only source of water, making the residents’ situation even more dire.
The community members knew that the water in the hand-dug well wasn’t safe to drink, but they had no other alternative. The well water was polluted with visible debris and rife with bacteria, causing waterborne diseases to spread among community members. Poverty was pervasive throughout the community, so residents couldn’t afford to purchase water from roving water tanker trucks. They were forced to drink the unsafe water and suffer the consequences. When their children inevitably fell ill, they couldn’t afford to purchase medicines or treatment, further ensnaring the community into a cycle of need and scarcity.
Sabbata Mweemba is a 65-year-old farmer in Saili A. He said, “We used to get water from hand-dug wells and the water would dry up [during the hot summer seasons]. We had to wait for it to resurface in the winter. The number of waterborne diseases was high in our community. Life was so hard.”
|Previous water source:
|new simple water system
|Depth of well:
|50m (164.04 ft)
|Main water collectors:
|women and girls
With water now flowing in abundance, residents of Saili A. were eager to learn about the ways that safe water could better their health. To best equip community members, Living Water staff led interactive sanitation and hygiene activities via crafts and games. The residents learned how germs are spread and the ways in which proper hygiene can block transmission. A total of 37 residents participated in a practice session, where they learned that handwashing was the best protection against diseases like COVID-19. In addition, Living Water staff taught the residents the importance of nutrition.
Because of your gift, 20 Saili A. residents also heard about the living water that only Jesus Christ offers. The community, alongside a local church, hosted their own well dedication ceremony. This time was specifically set aside to pray over the community’s new water source and praise God for his provision through you. At the service, a local pastor prayed that the well be used to advance God’s kingdom and serve as a constant reminder of the depths of God’s care for his followers. Finally, residents, with the help of a community elder, heard a Bible story and learned about how they could orally present the gospel to their friends and families.
Safe water has transformed the Saili A. community!
The residents listen to a Living Water staff member share the gospel.
Ingomar Living Waters, your generosity fundamentally changed the lives of 250 residents in the Saili A. community. With safe water at their fingertips, residents are able to proactively plan for their future, rather than reacting out of desperation. No longer will women and children spend their time gathering contaminated water. Now, the community is able to heal holistically from the ordeals of their water crisis and progress through their new season of water stewardship. Your gift to the people of Saili A we will serve as a tangible reminder of God’s abounding love.
Thank you for giving water, for life, in Jesus’ name!
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