Providing Water in a Parched Land

Humanitarian Aid

In Derara Delcha Kebele, Ethiopia – a small community about 12 kilometers outside of Meki a well has been drilled and a sophisticated pump and deflulridation system has been put into place by CRS and it’s partners.  The groundwater in this area is extremely high in fluoride, and long term exposure can cause all kinds of health problems.

Prior to the well, women and children would walk three hours to fetch water from Zeway Lake 10 kilometers away.

Up to seventy percent of the day was spent simply getting water, as a result many children didn’t go to school so the family, farm, and animals could have water.  The new well is only 1.5 kilometers away and has a separate enclosure for animals to drink, ensuring more sanitary conditions.   Children now have enough time to go to school and get water for their families.  The draft animals who would also have to spend hours walking to drink are now able to be more productive with a shorter walk to quench their thirst.

The use of ArborLoos has also  been implemented for sanitary purposes.

An ArborLoo is built by digging a pit and placing a reinforced concrete slab with an opening over the top.  A shelter is built around the latrine for privacy, and the ArborLoo is ready for use.  After 6 months to a year, when the pit is filled, the slab is pulled up and placed over a new pit.  A seedling is planted in the old pit, where it utilizes all of the nutrients deposited.