The island of Carache, which is part of the archipelago of Bijagos in Guinea-Bissau, is made up of five villages including Ampitcham, Kutcham, Binti and Amonde, and Porto. Their estimated populations are approximately 270 in Ampitcham, 48 in Kutcham, 2015 in Binti and Amonde, and 52 in Porto.
When our organization reached the island of Carache in 2012, we found people in indescribable isolation with no basic structures in place to support the community. The deprived island lacked basic social amenities such as transportation, health centers, electricity, schools, and above all potable water.
None of the 5 villages had access to clean drinking water. Women and children were forced to travel long distances, often more than 2 to 4 miles, with baskets on their heads to get water from streams and rivers. As a result, the majority of the population suffers from waterborne diseases.
In 2013, we dug the first water well in Binti in order to provide safe drinking water to this community. The well was drilled by hand to depths of 79 feet (24 meters). It took us 3 weeks to complete the well and, although we view it as a success it does not fully meet the needs of all five villages.
Also, since digging the well it has dried up several times. So we dug a second well. Our goal is to drill a water well for each one of the 5 villages and provide a more sustainable way to serve all of the villages when funding becomes available. How they go forward if they never experience clean water, if they have false hope and if there is no plan, if there is no strategy, there is no money. So it’s false hope.
You don’t drink gasoline, metaphoric speaking and expect to live, you don’t drink river water and expect not to get sick and live with diseases that is false hope. So I am appealing to you help bring clean water to this community.
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