When the team arrived, they discovered 550 residents all dependent on one open well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, malaria, cholera, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water-related illnesses.
We installed new rods, riser main, drop pipe, cylinder, and chain. These new parts are all made of stainless steel.
Not only did the team restore clean water Kobar, but they also brought important information on hygiene and sanitation. They taught about hand-washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make an Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons were taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices and implement community-driven solutions.
During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of 4 men and 2 women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided meals for the team. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.20 per person. This will enable the community to manage small repairs if the well is damaged.
Leonce Some of Kobar said, "On behalf of the village, I want to thank you very much for bringing out the new materials to install in this well. In the past, all could see that the well would break down often and someone would have to come back out to repair it again. Thank you infinitely for your good work. Again, I think that with these new materials that you have installed, it will carry us truly a long time."