Good­will and wa­ter flows in East Ti­mor

Southern Telegraph - - News - Clare Ne­gus

Ro­tar­i­ans have re­turned home af­ter com­plet­ing wa­ter sup­ply and san­i­ta­tion projects in some of East Ti­mor’s most re­mote vil­lages and schools.

Led by Kwinana Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Max Bird, the team worked with Ti­morese com­mu­ni­ties to help pro­vide wa­ter for a school in Laga, a pri­mary and high school in Baguia and a re­mote vil­lage named Buibela.

Mr Bird said each of the com­mu­ni­ties had reached out for help and shown they would main­tain and own the pipe­lines af­ter the Ro­tar­i­ans left the coun­try.

He said one of the most re­ward­ing parts of the trip was har­vest- ing spring wa­ter and us­ing 2000L tanks to make the wa­ter eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for a vil­lage of about 25 fam­i­lies.

The vil­lage’s mayor — known as “Ch­effy” — had ap­proached the Ro­tar­i­ans last year to help tap into their lo­cally avail­able wa­ter sources.

“Ch­effy — I have great ad­mi­ra­tion for him and his wife — had done some work and iden­ti­fied two close wa­ter sources and one of those sources was run­ning at 25L per minute,” Mr Bird said.

“That was only 900m from the vil­lage, about 20m up­hill, so we plumbed into that spring and si­phoned from that spring back to the vil­lage.

“Only af­ter we had sup­plied wa­ter to his vil­lage did he ask us to come and look at where he lived, up the moun­tain.

“Six fam­i­lies lived in that part of the vil­lage, so we ran a pipe­line from a spring close to his house with a 2000L tank and, be­fore we left Ti­mor, we ran into Ch­effy and his wife and they were over the moon.”

The Ro­tary clubs of South­ern Dis­tricts, Dis­trict 9465, Palm Beach, Foundation, Rock­ing­ham, By­ford and Dis­tricts, Al­bany Port and Dili Ti­mor-Leste fundraise and take part in the projects to sup­port East Ti­mor.

Mr Bird said the fundrais­ing goal for next year’s projects was about $US50,000 and do­na­tions from the pub­lic were al­ways wel­come.

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