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In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill. Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed.
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People in this community live as big families all on one big piece of land. Children live with their parents and also with their grandparents, who have their own homes built on the property. Many family chores are done united together, and they all share what they have including food.
People in this community live as big families all on one big piece of land. Children live with their parents and also with their grandparents, who have their own homes built on the property. Many family chores are done united together, and they all share what they have including food. Extended family members are also welcomed to live with their relatives. In some families, both parents work to provide for the children while in others the women stay at home to do the house chores and take care of the children.
In Eshiasuli, people make a living mostly off of subsistence farming and casual labor. They also keep animals like goats and cows for domestic purposes. This benefits them with milk that can sometimes be sold to earn cash to solve a crucial need like school fees or a hospital bill in the family. The number of people who have reliable occupations is so low compared to the number of people who are mere casual laborers.
Protecting the spring will help keep the water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. With the community’s high involvement in the process, there should be a good sense of responsibility and ownership for the new clean water source.
Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least two days. This training will ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring. One of the most important topics we plan to cover is the handling, storage, and treatment of water. Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated by the time it’s consumed.
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