Situation: Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world with some of the highest rates of poverty, over 50% of the population.
Impact: Instability and poor governmental structures have led to unavailability of basic social services, such as access to clean and safe drinking water. Therefore, also increasing the risk of water-borne diseases.
Response: In each of the three intervention villages, a borehole was built, equipped with a solar system. In each village, there is now four drinking water collection points to serve 2,000 people at a rate of 500 people per collection point, which is equipped with two taps (one tap serves 250 people). This practice will allow women to collect water at will and in a short time allow them to better devote themselves to their activities of production, maintenance of the children and to exempt the girls who will be able to concentrate on their studies. The communities of each beneficiary village have democratically installed a management committee. The committee members will be trained in their roles and responsibilities and will ensure that the communities’ access to water is sustainable and inclusive.
Two people per village will be selected and trained in the repair and maintenance of the solar equipment that will be installed. These people will be selected by the communities themselves and their training will be provided by the technical services as well as by the companies that will be in charge of equipping the water points, as it will be a practical training
Each trained team will be provided with a maintenance kit to enable them to repair and maintain the infrastructure.
“Thanks to this WAQF project, water is no longer considered a scarce resource in Sirakoro-Dounfing. We have plenty of drinking water, the taps are just a few steps away from our houses. The women and children now have more free time to carry out other activities. I have more time now to take care of my family. No more water chores, no more aches and pains and I feel healthy all the time.
In the family, people have water to wash themselves several times a day if they wish, our children are clean now and they are happy to go to school. “
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