Clean Water Program
Over the past few years six shallow wells have been dug in Jutpani thanks to funding from international donors.
Whilst these wells have greatly improved the living conditions of Jutpani residents, there is still insufficient water to meet the needs of the entire community. Many of the wells also dry up during the summer months. The nearest river is a two-hour walk for the villagers and is often contaminated by human and animal waste.
Our volunteer, Calida Neal, witnessed first-hand the effect of lack of water on the village during summer in June 2012:
“I saw that a lot of the villagers had rashes and infections all over their bodies that could easily have been prevented by adequate hygiene. The soil is completely dry and dusty and the meagre crops the villagers try to grow were dying from lack of water. Many of the children that we had weighed in December 2011 had lost 1-2 kilograms- a substantial amount for children already suffering from malnutrition.”
Thanks to generous donations during 2012 a 65 meter deep well with an electrical pump has now been constructed in Jutpani. By digging down to this depth there will be enough water for the villagers to drink and wash all year round.
The well also provides enough water for an irrigation system in the village, providing Jutpani residents with the opportunity to engage in agricultural production for the first time.