We want to provide fresh drinking water for villagers (especially children) in remote areas of the Irrawaddy delta region of Myanmar (Burma). In the dry season they are forced to drink contaminated water. By drilling wells and providing pumps we can help thousands of people to heather lives.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124774)
Virtually no rain falls in Myanmar between November and May, and obtaining clean drinking water becomes a major problem, causing frequent stomach problems and some more serious complaints. Although rainwater can be collected in the rainy season, this is not sufficient to last, and gradually becomes contaminated by algae. The villagers either have to drink dirty water (the rivers are saline), or purchase clean water from boats which come round, but this is too expensive for most.
By drilling wells and providing pumps, the villages will have a continuous supply of fresh water. Our charity has already completed 8 wells, but in a region where there are hundreds of villages there is much still to do. We have set up a system with the village committees whereby they appoint someone to look after the well and the engine,who also collects a small amount of money from the users to pay for diesel and repairs. People from other villages are also able to collect water.
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