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This report provides an overview of the key achievements, impacts, lessons learnt and challenges of delivering Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to a single remote rural village in the district of Manufahi, Timor-Leste.
WaterAid is pleased to share this report and acknowledges the generosity of all those who contributed in helping us to improve the lives of 124 people who now have access to clean safe water, toilets and improved hygiene.
Overall, the project progressed as planned and in line with the pro-ject plan, and was on budget.
At the start of the project WaterAid’s goal was to enhance the health and quality of life of people living in a remote village in the district of Manufahi, through the provision of access to clean water and sanitation and by improving related hygiene practices.
We were able to achieve our goals by completing the following activities in the village of Bimata.
Transportation: The road network in Manufahi is poor making it difficult to reach the village. Some of the materials such as piping and tools needed to install the water system needed to be carried up the steep mountains by foot.
Unseasonal Weather: Unseasonal heavy rains delayed work and made conditions a little more difficult to work in.
A Gravity fed system was the most suitable solution for the community of Bimata. In the first instance, a suitable, clean and reliable water spring was identified directly uphill from the village. Unlike boreholes, this meant we did not need to bring in costly machinery which would have been extremely difficult given the mountainous terrain and remote location. Water now flows down from the spring along a system of pipes, is stored in a tank and then released to taps close to households. This has resulted in:
All funds provided by Footprints, $30,000, were expended as planned and contributed to funding the overall project including the installation of a gravity fed water system and training and education in sanitation and hygiene to village members.
The project in Bimata is now complete. However, to ensure the impact we have made on the community is sustainable, we will continue to monitor progress and support the community for at least two more years.
Where needed, we will help the village maintain their open- defecation free status, and assist the Water User Group to manage their new water supply and to ensure the water quality remains at safe levels to drink.
The direction for WaterAid Timor-Leste is to continue implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects and promoting sustainable programs that will see us reach our vision, that is - to see a world where everyone, everywhere has access to clean safe water and sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
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