Drought Crisis in East Africa: We are responding to the water crisis that East Africa is currently experiencing, it is the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. The UN has officially declared famine in parts of Sub – Saharan Africa – regions. There are a number of reasons why poverty has become an epidemic in Africa. Poverty can be a result of political instability, ethnic conflicts, climate change and other man-made causes.But one of the greatest causes of poverty in Africa is the most overlooked..the lack of access to clean drinking water.
Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean water – that’s equivalent to 1 in 8 people on the planet! Clean drinking water is our first priority, not only for the benefit of the health of the village but also to enhance the lives of the women and girls who spend a large portion of their day fetching water, often at long distance. Thirty years of AIDS has decimated communities. Buturi Village is not immune. Like many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Buturi has suffered from the twin disasters of AIDS and drought. It is like any other African village where finding water and sanitation (WASH) is the core issue. Water is essential to overcoming hunger, poverty and disease, yet, worldwide, more than one-billion people still lack access to clean, safe, drinking water. Five million people – mostly children – die each year from water-borne diseases. Some 60% of all infant mortality is linked to infectious and parasitic diseases; most of them water-related. Please help the people of Buturi sink their next well.
Our overall objective is for all Buturi’s community to have access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene and irrigation, enabling them to farm in a self-sustaining environment. This will be achieved by sinking boreholes in each of Buturi’s 6 villages, ensuring each has its own well. Target beneficiaries are Buturi’s whole community, for future self-sustainability in water / sanitation and health and on into the next generation. With your available funding, we can then deliver on this program without any further delay
1. We have successfully sunk a well in Buturi’s Makongoro Village; one of the 6 villages.
2. We have partnered with the village community and delivered training in bore-hole safeguarding. Our evaluation shows that it is well-maintained by the community who’ve now taken proud ownership.
3. We have successfully installed the first 8 toilets at Buturi School Academy, Makongoro Village. (4 for Boys and 4 for Girls). This has been crucial for introducing sanitation and hygiene to the very young, so enabling future health benefits.
1. Continue with the provision of clean water/Wash- Irrigation for School run garden
2. Another vital opportunity to collect water by installing a complete rain-harvesting system.
3. Enabling re-forestation which will in turn improve the ecology of the area by improving the soil retention.
4. Providing access to training in Climate Change and living with drought. Addressing land and waste management challenges
5. The knowledge gained from running the school run garden will then be shared amongst the whole of Buturi community.
6. Completing the remaining 5 boreholes for the remaining 5 Buturi villages. This will enable families in all the villages to grow their own crops, improve their diet and achieve a greater level of self sustainability.
The school provides a safe environment with clean drinking water, which will act as a living lesson for the students. When Pupils are relieved from the task of fetching water they return to class, thereby increasing enrolement on into their teenage years. We believe further education will enable them to break the cycle of poverty, gain skills, get employed, safeguard their families, have a voice and become leaders in their community.
Having clean water will enable the girls especially to benefit from having a new sense of privacy – as well as pride – from using the new toilet facilities.
Providing long-term solutions to sanitation, malnutrition, water-borne diseases, family planning and food security. Half of the children are AIDS orphans – and need constant medical support. Access to vaccinations, medicine, information, and a visiting doctor and community health visitor on a regular basis would help greatly in combating many of these issues.
A borehole is a solution to the ongoing issue of drought and a community uncertainty about climate change. An infrastructure of irrigation also improves sustainability in farming, creating longer term opportunities, opening up wider regional markets trading in higher quality produce. This will make Buturi a much more resilient and business-focused community.
Access to clean water can ensure greater food security and allow the community to a wider variety of crops have a more balanced diet.
There are a number of reasons why there is poverty in Buturi. Lack of clean water/health, Politics, climate change, drought, lack of infrastructure, education/skills, lack of employment, lack of cummunity support, over 30 years of HIV/ AIDS, lack of man power and other man-made causes. But one of the greatest causes of poverty in Buturi is the most overlooked..the lack of access to clean drinking water.