Domingas is a housewife living with her pregnant daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. In her village, the water source was too far from her house. She could collect only one or two 10-litre jerry cans of water. This meant that Domingas didn’t have enough clean water to wash, clean, cook, and plant crops for herself and family. Some villages in Baucau in Timor-Leste used to face difficulties accessing clean water as they are located far from water springs. People needed to walk over 30 minutes to fetch clean water every day.
Life-changing clean waterWorld Vision’s Water for Future project helped people like Domingas improve access to clean water. World Vision installed public water taps, pipes and water tanks in the villages so people can easily come to collect clean water. Domingas is excited because she has easy access to clean water by simply walking to the nearby public tap. She isn’t worried about not having enough water. “My grandchildren drink clean water, and I can see their health has improved. Their skin and bodies look healthier than before and they are not sick anymore compared to the past.” said Domingas. Around the public taps, children now enjoy taking baths before they go to school, and people happily fill up their jerry cans with clean water. “Thanks to World Vision we bathe twice a day. It has become our habit before we go to school. Moreover, taking a bath in the late afternoon is good to keep us healthier and fresh in order to study at night,” said 11-year-old Feliciano. As well as improving health, the project has also helped to increase incomes. Access to water has increased the quantity and quality of nutritious crops that people can grow, eat and sell in markets. To ensure project sustainability, the communities agreed that each household pay $5 every month to operate and maintain the facilities. Facility Management Groups were formed and collect money from each household. The rest of money is used through Savings and Loan Groups to help reducing financial burden for households.
Domingas (58) stands up next to the public tap with two containers of water, Photo: Jaime dos Reis / World Vision