I am raising money for water and latrines for Aframano. Currently, the villagers have to walk several times a day to the stream to fetch water, and carry it back. It takes 5 or 10 minutes to walk to the stream, depending on where you start from in the village. The return journey might take a bit longer if you are carrying a big container of water. The villagers have no toilets (they use the bushes). Because of this lack of basic hygiene, the villagers have a lot of stomach infections, including cholera. Currently, 20% of babies die before the age of two, mostly because of diarrhoea resulting from infections.
The water source
These villagers were enthusiastic about demonstrating drinking the water. However, it looks and smells horrible.
Location of the water stream, about 400m from the village centre.
Aframano has a non-working borehole, which was installed in about 2010 by an NGO, but the NGO hasn't been back. The villagers can't repair it. A label on the pump says that it was manufactured by AFD (AfroDev), on 23/4/2006. Nicholas (Ashanti Development operations manager) says it is a type that's not good for this area because the water is at too a great depth (60m). However, the fact that the borehole produced water when it was working removes uncertainty about where to drill. In fact, no new drilling is required. We can get a borehole contractor to recondition the existing borehole. This will include replacing the cheap plastic interior with metal (I think aluminium), to ensure a longer life.
Nicholas (Ashanti Development's operations manager) standing on right.