Clean Water Project 2017
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International Children’s Fund has targeted Liberia for a series of water wells in remote rural areas where clean water is not available to people.
Liberia has a population of 4.2 million people with approximately 83% of the population lives below the recognized poverty threshold. The average cost of living for people living in rural areas is between $30 and $50 per month. Unfortunately people living in these areas do not have safe, clean water to drink. They gather their water from rivers, streams, and ponds that are often used for laundry and as bathrooms for humans and animals. This polluted water is contaminated causing diarrhea, typhoid, and other diseases that make people sick or worse - they die from water-borne diseases. Liberian women and children often have to walk miles to secure buckets of contaminated water to take home to their families, knowing the risk of drinking the water but not having another choice available to them but to drink it.
The solution to the water contamination problem is simple. Dig a well that will serve the entire rural community. Liberia has safe water available underground. For a small investment, one well can make an incredible healthy difference in the lives of Liberians.
The solution to disease-free water starts with securing the necessary funding followed up with performing a hydrogeological survey to determine the location of ground water. Once a location has been found, the necessary permits for the construction phase. Water wells may be completed by hand or rotary drilling depending upon the type of drilling needed. Typically our partners hire locals to dig the well and provide jobs to people that would otherwise struggle finding work. The life expectancy of a water well is between five and ten years before the over-hauling of pumps are required. It can take two to five days to dig the well.
The area we are focused on helping is in Lower Virginia, Liberia. Our partner Emmanuel Gyamfi would be our main point of contact. He would oversee the project, hiring locals to do the work. Once the soil analysis is complete and Emmanuel does his research on the ground, the project is basically automated and is typically completed in a few days. There is no portable drinking water available apart from a nearby river. The people that draw water from the river know that the water is causing all kinds of disease because of contamination. People wash vehicles in this body of water, animals bathe and drink from it, and trash is strewn about as well. It also takes hours to fetch a bucket of water. The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs over 40 lbs. when full! Children that need to be in a classroom have to otherwise spend their time collecting the contaminated water for their family.
An estimated 500 people would benefit from this water well. Most of the people are farmers, petty traders and unemployed. The leaders of the village would be responsible for the upkeep of the well along with our partner.
The actual cost of drilling the hole is approximately $3000.00. The materials, soil test, consulting and permits range from $1500.00 to $2000.00 and then a small amount is set aside to pay the local workers.
International Children’s Fund is committed to providing clean water to people in rural areas that need it most. We will match dollar for dollar, funds that come in dedicated to clean water.
International Children’s Fund mission is to minister to the physical as well as the spiritual needs of desperately poor children and their families worldwide – just as Jesus ministered to the multitudes. The support of $5000.00 would help hundreds of people who risk becoming deathly ill just by simply drinking a cup of water. Please consider ICF as a charity of choice.
In Africa, every 15 seconds, a child dies because of a lack of clean drinking water. That’s 6,000 children per day, or 2 million per year.
In a village where a $5000 water well project is installed that will provide water for 500 people for the next 10 years, the costs are equivalent to:
- $10 per person for the entire project, or
- $1.00 per person per year, or
- 4 a penny per person per day, or
- 1/20th of a penny per gallon
Thank you for your prayers and support and for helping to provide hope to children and families in dire need.