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#116 – Grandma’s Circle -Water Catchment Systems

Summary of the Situation

The water catchment system is needed because the majority of families live higher up in the mountain area, away from the lake. They spend valuable time making several trips with water pans to fetch water from the lake. The water they get is not treated. Water fetching is a task for women in this area. It also involves school-age girls who miss school many times to look for water. During rainy seasons, a lot of water runs off rooftops. This could be tapped and be a good source of clean drinking water, thus reducing waterborne disease. With some of the water tanks, we can target the disabled and the very old who cannot fetch water for themselves. Clean water centers could be created in houses with large rooftop areas. Clean water can also assure them of good health and reduce their medical bills.

How will the funds be used?

15 families will receive water catchment systems. ($800/ea) Families with more vulnerable young girls, elderly, and handicapped members will receive the water catchment systems first.

The Sisters’s┬áResponse

Women are the backbone of our economy. With water assuredness, they can engage better in business and tilling their land for food. Girls can stay in school.

Systemic Impact

The water catchment system is needed because the majority of families live higher up in the mountain area, away from the lake. They spend valuable time making several trips with water pans to fetch water from the lake. The water they get is not treated. Water fetching is a task for women in this area. It also involves school-age girls who often miss school to look for water. During rainy seasons, a lot of water runs off rooftops. This could be tapped and be a good source of clean drinking water, thus reducing waterborne disease. With some of the water tanks, we can target the disabled and the very old who cannot fetch water for themselves. Clean water centers could be created in houses with large rooftop areas. Clean water can also assure them of good health and reduce their medical bills. Providing a catchment system allows these families to maintain a kitchen garden even during the dry seasons.

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