Photos of the Hand Dug Well in Chencherekot

People Served


Thanks To

Rachel's continued wish


December 2013

Solution Type

Hand Dug Well

Local Partner

A Glimmer of Hope

Field Notes

Thanks to you, this village now has access to clean and safe drinking water. They've also been trained by our local partners on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of their water project. Each family using the new water source contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. Each family will continue to pay a small amount to use the water; the community will save this money for any necessary maintenance and repairs.

The people here, especially women and children, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. Even then, each family member had to make do with just five liters of water per day for drinking, bathing, cooking and everything else. The water wasn't safe to drink and often made people sick. Thanks to your help, people here are walking significantly less every day to collect water. This means each family now can use up to 15 liters per person per day! Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.

Note: This charity: water project cost more than the average water project because it includes not only a clean water source, but toilets for men, women and children, too. Before, there wasn't a clean, private place to use the bathroom, which is essential for preventing waterborne disease. Your money has provided community members here with improved sanitation (toilets), which can reduce diarrheal deaths by as much as 32%. You've also helped build handwashing stations here so everyone can practice safe hygiene.

Note: We included a photo of the new water source and a picture of the latrines you built is coming soon!

Note: We wanted to show you that this community is serious about keeping their project safe, clean and functioning for years to come. They built a fence on their own initiative, to prevent animals from contaminating the area and to show ownership of their new water source.