Clean wa­ter brings hope to vil­lages

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Palmer­ston North’s Bar­bara Stuckey is chair­woman of HopeNZ and says the main fo­cus is to sup­ply clean wa­ter to vil­lages.

Bar­bara said HopeNZ, which is part of the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion Hope, funds wells for these vil­lages. Hope has funded wells in Pur­sat, Cam­bo­dia, and Bar­bara has also vis­ited Ethiopia to see how the wells were help­ing the vil­lagers.

“These com­mu­ni­ties have had no ac­cess to clean wa­ter and no ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren.”

How­ever, the aquifers were tapped and wa­ter be­gan to flow once the wells were built by the vil­lagers.

The vil­lagers were in­vited to join self help groups and small busi­nesses grew from having wa­ter. Once the vil­lagers have wa­ter, they were then able to de­velop an econ­omy and send their chil­dren to school.

One vil­lage made noo­dles and sold them to a cafe which had been cre­ated from the self-help groups.

An­other vil­lage was sup­plied pigs and were taught how to care for the an­i­mals by vets who trained the train­ers.

They grew three crops a year of dry sea­son rice and were taught how to de­husk the crops which fetched a bet­ter price. The husks were then fed to the pigs and the vil­lagers also learned to com­post what the pigs could not eat.

Bar­bara said without clean wa­ter fam­i­lies suf­fer and die from pre­ventable dis­eases like cholera and dysen­tery.

“It is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for fam­i­lies to lift them­selves out of poverty without ac­cess to clean wa­ter.

“The fund­ing pro­vides the ma­te­ri­als to es­tab­lish sim­ple wa­ter schemes, ed­u­cate about ba­sic san­i­ta­tion prac­tices and pro­vides a com­post­ing toi­let.”

Hope project co-or­di­na­tor Richard Brown pic­tured right is with chil­dren in Cam­bo­dia who had no clean wa­ter and no ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. “The chil­dren now at­tend school. One of the chil­dren who had pre­vi­ously met Richard was ex­cited to tell him how he was do­ing and that he was now at­tend­ing school.”

The mis­sion and vi­sion of HopeNZ is to “trans­form the lives of the poor, cre­at­ing sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple want to live, and where they can have ac­cess to healthy wa­ter, enough good food, ed­u­ca­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity to al­low them to sus­tain and con­tin­u­ally im­prove their qual­ity of life”.

■ HopeNZ will be hold­ing a quiz night fundraiser, Septem­ber 27, 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Chalet Boat Shed Cater­ing, Cen­ten­nial Drive. Teams of four $100 ($25 pp), tick­ets on www.eventfinda.co.nz or call Bar­bara 06 354-24600

‘The fund­ing pro­vides the ma­te­ri­als to es­tab­lish sim­ple wa­ter schemes, ed­u­cate about ba­sic san­i­ta­tion prac­tices and pro­vides a com­post­ing toi­let.’

— BAR­BARA STUCKEY

Bar­bara Stuckey in Ethiopia is shown a wa­ter sta­tion.

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Hope project co-or­di­na­tor Richard Brown with chil­dren in Cam­bo­dia.

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