World Vision Timor-Leste
article • Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Clean water for rural communities

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The Post Administrative Administrator of Vemasse, Sebastião F. de A. Correia and World Vision's Baucau Area Manager, Humbelino Pereira after the inauguration of the clean water.

In June 2016 World Vision Timor-Leste inaugurated and handed over two new water systems to communities of Lolinuno sub village, Osso-Ala village and Caia’etula, Baduho’o village part of Vemasse post administrative, municipality of Baucau.

The construction of these two water systems will enable families to access safe drinking water in an area where the lack of such access is a very serious issue. Until these systems were built, approximately 488 people had to walk 2 kilometres to collect drinking water for their family’s consumption.

“I’m really proud with World Vision’s hard work to build water system in these sub villages."

Today, water is available to all households’ right in their own sub village and the children no longer have that burden of labour each day. But not only that, this clean drinking water will reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases and other water-borne illnesses among the children.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Sebastião F. de A. Correia, the administrator of Vemasse post administrative said, “I’m really proud with World Vision’s hard work to build water system in these sub villages. World Vision as a guide for us to know where is these sub villages, because with World Vision we know the condition of our remote areas."

The water systems include five taps in sub villages of Lolinuno and eight taps in sub villages of Caia’etula which each tap accessed by 5-7 households and two high volume water storage tanks. Through a system of gravity-fed pipes and tap stands throughout the villages, clean drinking water is now available to over 94 households.

Using community participation and to ensure sustainability, World Vision also established water management groups called Group Management Facility (GMF) comprised of trained community members to maintain the water networks.

This clean drinking water will reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases and other water-borne illnesses among the children.

Village head of Badoho’o, Manuel Soares Guterres says, the community recognises the importance of the clean water system, as there are still many remote areas that still do not have clean water. Therefore, he asks that they take care of the water system for future generations.

World Vision involves the communities in design and implementation of all its projects, and this increases the likelihood that project accomplishments will be sustainable.

Humbelino Pereira, World Vision’s Baucau Area Manager says, "I asked all of the community and local leaders in order to ensure the sustainability of this system for a long time which means the system clean water that now exists in the sub villages will be in use and keep well in sustainability thus, parents, mothers and all community members here could use for daily needs.

He adds, “ODF or ALFA means all member of community have basic sanitation for yourself which is equipped with latrines, trash and washing hands facility. Therefore, I asked to everyone to maintain clean and healthy living habits.

Thanks to New Zealand Government (MFAT) and World Vision New Zealand for their financial support through World Vision Timor-Leste’s Water for Future project in Baucau to realize the dream of community in rural areas.

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