What if we could repair and maintain 60 broken wells with a combined value of $700,000 for only $30,000 and provide water for an estimated 15,000 people?
An estimated 1.58 million people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. The majority of these are children in developing countries. Providing clean water, coupled with health and hygiene education, is perhaps the most effective measure we can take in preventing infectious disease. CCO works in southern Mozambique to provide clean water, promote safe hygiene practices and encourage local maintenance.
CCO can and is currently doing this district by district in Mozambique. But we need your help to continue this work.
Cross Connection Outreach’s Mozambican native staff have training and many years of experience in well maintenance and pump repair. They are excited to meet this community need. CCO currently has a partnership with Social Welfare and the Rural Water District with access to their database. A small team of one or two CCO national staff members set out with their vehicle, camping gear, Afridev well pump accessories and basic tools and will spend two days in each community needing a well pump repaired. During this time the well is repaired, two local technicians are trained for future maintenance, and an active water committee is formed.
There is an estimated $700,000 worth of non-functioning well pumps in this province. Our goal is to repair each broken well in Inhambane District of Mozambique. Upon completion of this project we will have provided sanitation education and clean water for approximately 250,000 people for a project total of $60,000. That is about $4 per person to be guaranteed safe drinking water for over one year.
A borehole water well (60-100 ft deep) costs an average of $11,000 to $16,000 to drill and install a manual pump in Mozambique. NGO's drill wells and offer a six month maintenance plan with each new well. After six months the wells are handed into the responsibility of Public Works and the local water committee formed by its users. Manual water well pumps need maintenance and accessories every three months. The government (Public Works) has no funding to offer any assistance. The local community has little funds to contribute and are subject to high prices for well accessories due to the communities distance from the nation's capital where all accessories are sold. In many cases the transport for the community to send a member to the capitol to purchase pump accessories for repairs can double or quadruple the price of the well repair. By purchasing supplies in bulk and using CCO's native technicians for repairs we offer an affordable solution to Mozambique's manual well pump maintenance problem.