In Kanoru Village, Lukukamaru Village, 2.5 hours by car from Waingapu through dusty and rocky roads, we found cases of severe water scarcity. This village with 100 inhabitants is located on the top of a hill and the water source is far below. Residents have to walk on steep slopes to get water from sources that are actually not fit for consumption and very little to be able to meet the needs of their village. But they only have that. Even to the point of risking their lives because they fell and died, especially parents.
For drinking, they use uncooked rainwater, the only source of clean water that they can easily get. Unfortunately, it’s not always there. The raw water they often drink also causes digestive disorders, cognitive disorders since childhood due to dehydration which makes it difficult to concentrate due to fatigue, and various skin diseases due to rarely bathing.
The biggest impact is the poor nutrition experienced by the residents. They cannot grow vegetables and fruit as a source of nutrition because of the lack of water for watering. They only rely on rice and corn and wild plants that they take from the forest for daily food. And even then, again, in very limited quantities. The lack of transportation, communication and electricity networks, as well as health services and elementary schools are quite far from the contours of the hilly and arid land, making this village almost untouched by civilization.
There are still many villages and villages in East Sumba whose conditions are similar to Kanoru’s, not exposed to the outside world so they can’t imagine the right and easy solutions for the problems of life that they experience every day. It’s easy to get clean water from the tap in your own house, maybe just a dream. #WaterConnection #Mbinudita wants to help make that dream a reality, opening up opportunities for our project to be replicated anywhere.
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