Responding to the request of local leaders and our partners, Friends of Minzoto has shifted its immediate focus to increasing access to clean water and sanitation in Dungu in order to improve community health. A profound lack of clean water and sanitation facilities throughout Dungu poses widespread and serious health, learning, and production challenges for children and adults. Infectious diseases such as typhoid fever and dysentery are now commonplace. Children miss school, or have difficulty focusing on their learning and can spread disease if they attend when they are ill. Affected adults have difficulty mustering energy to work and perform basic daily activities -- and their ability to care for their children is compromised. Accessing the best water source currently available in Dungu today often requires walking or bicycling up to 3 miles.
Ten New and Refurbished Wells for Dungu
Moving Dungu from this...
Our local partner, APEDI, is eager to increase access to clean water throughout the town and has asked for our assistance with funding 10 new and refurbished wells in Dungu. When the impact of disease is being compounded by the fact that few families have money to pay for medicine, doctor visits, or hospital care, these wells will literally be making an immediate, lasting difference to thousands of lives for decades to come.
The goal is 10 wells: to refurbish, deepen and repair damaged, polluted wells whenever possible, or build new ones when necessary, as rapidly as fundraising allows.
APEDI is a non-profit formed by 8 local educators and a rural economist, all of whom have prior experience working with international non-profits. APEDI is working closely with community leaders to strategically locate wells in neighborhoods, while ensuring local participation in construction and local governance of the wells once completed.
Community residents will contribute sand and their own labor digging each well. Refurbished wells will be deepened (and will also require digging) in order to continue providing water during drought.
A local engineer and other skilled tradesmen with an investment in making an enduring contribution to their community will be employed to complete construction.
Total construction cost for each well ranges from $5,000 for a refurbished well to $6,000 for a new well. These costs represent a significant savings when compared to the $10,000 budget per well typically needed for other international non-profits in Africa and the developing world.
The first two wells will be refurbished ones near the town center, which is experiencing an influx of many newly arriving refugees who are fleeing violence in South-Sudan.
Sustainability: A democratically elected neighborhood committee will ensure appropriate usage and collect a nominal fee of 500 Congolese francs ($.60) per month in order to accrue funds for future maintenance requirements. The maintenance fund will be held in a secure account to be drawn on as maintenance becomes necessary.