Zhidu Community Borehole Project 2018
Water-related diseases such as Malaria and typhoid have been a common disease in Zhidu community where the major source of water for about 3,000 indigenes is a highly polluted river. This project, strategically cited within the community centre, has brought clean water close to homes and will reduce the incidence of rape and physical abuse against women and girls who walk lonely bush paths to fetch water from the river.
About Zhidu Community
Why Zhidu Community?
During the dry season, the villagers rely mainly on the water from the river and the burden usually falls on women and children to get water for household use. There has been reported cases of abuse (physical and sexual) amongst women and children, who walk the lonely dangerous path to the river, especially, at early hours of the morning or late evening.
The community has a primary health care centre, which witness high rate of water-related diseases. Most families have taken Malaria and Typhoid as a normal disease, and it has become “part of their lifestyle”.
This project was carried out in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps, through a Corp member, Ese Johnson, who identified the humanitarian need in the need in the community and approached Hope Spring Water for sponsorship.
Hope spring Water embarked on the project after preliminary visits and assessment of the humanitarian need in the community. Meetings were held with the village King and his cabinet to ensure that the community members are included in decision making on the project. A project site was mapped out after consultations with the community leader and site surveyor. The services of a local drilling company was employed to execute the project.
A unit 5” diameter UPVC hand pump borehole was drilled to a depth of 80m and an Indian Mark-2 hand pump was installed. The borehole was developed using compressed air until the water became clear of sediment. The physicochemical characteristics of the water was carried out to ascertain the water quality before handing over to the community for use.
Launching of Project
The Youth Leader, Women Leader and Community King were full of praises and took turns to express their appreciation to Hope Spring Water and other partners of the project.
The immediate impact of the project could be seen through the smiles on the faces of the women, who came out in their numbers to appreciate the laudable project. Zhidu Community Borehole project would create ripple effect on the economy of the community. The children would no longer have to miss school or go late to school because they are walking long distances in search of water. The women can use their time for more productive ventures that will boost their living standards while staying healthy also, the incidence of physical and sexual abuse will be reduced in the community. Finaly, the money pent on hospital b ills can be channeled into other ventures that will boost the economy of the households and community, at large.