Water is collected from a swamp – 3 to 5 Kms away. This is often done by children using 20 litre jerry cans. Those fortunate enough, use their bicycle to collect several jerry cans at a time.
The water is not drinkable but it is hard to get this message over to the young children when they are tired hungry and thirsty. They are sometimes tempted to scoop handfuls of water from the swamp as they pass it. The completion of the bore hole will solve this problem and make life healthier for the villagers.
Many of the villagers' houses have shallow latrines which are a health hazard. These need to be replaced by a deep dug soak away latrine. The mud houses also have thatched roofs and occasionally - plastic sheeting and these need to be constantly replaced. The charity aims to replace these homes with brick housing and tin roofs.
The women of the village hand make bricks as part of this project. We aim to provide basic furniture, a bed, bench, table and a shelf and also proper cooking facilities, with small outside kitchens. The village has no mains electricity, candles provide the only source of light in the villagers' homes. Connection to the main grid initially for the clinic and community centre will make a tremendous difference to their lives.