Imagine a world with no clean drinking water. You walk miles each day, only to carry gallons of dirty water back to your family, which, without a doubt, will make them sick. This is water poverty, and the harsh reality of those living in the Central African Republic.
For many communities in the Central African Republic, water is within their reach. Drilling provides access to that clean water beneath the ground.
The community’s water pump is used–a lot! When parts fail, there has to be established maintenance services to repair and ensure that water continues pumping to the community.
We focus on one region at a time
You know the phrase, “The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”? That’s how we have approached implementing and sustaining clean water in the Central African Republic.
By dividing the country into “focus regions”, which are specific areas where we have counted all the people and mapped out their needs. Since there hasn’t been a census in the country in years, we really have to start from scratch. We can’t just rush in and start drilling wells but need to know how many people live in the area, how many wells are needed, and the best geological placement for the new wells.
Reaching through radio
Our radio station, located in Boali, broadcasts all over the country and airs important topics such as:
Known as “the people’s radio station”, our station is the first privately owned station transmitting in Sango (an official language in CAR) as well as in French and has an estimated 100,000 listeners each day.