In the heart of the ultra-rural Laindatang community, the #WaterConnections project is a lifeline, combating the harsh realities of daily life. This remote region in East Sumba, Indonesia, grapples with extreme challenges that are hard to fathom.
Clean water, a basic human right, is a luxury here. Access to electricity and proper sanitation is virtually non-existent. Children undertake arduous journeys, walking 5-10 kilometers each day, often barefoot, through treacherous terrains just to reach school. Yet, when they arrive, they find an education facility without clean water, toilets, or even a washbasin.
For the teachers living on-site in the school mess, life is a continuous struggle. They rise before dawn, without access to electricity, to prepare breakfast for their own children and the handful of other teachers living there. These dedicated educators also tend to the few chickens they keep, as this source of protein is vital in their diet.
A daily routine that seems unimaginable to many, but is a harsh reality here. Showering involves a few liters of water and makeshift shelter, and using the toilet means venturing into the fields because there are no proper facilities.
However, change is on the horizon. The Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the #WaterConnections project are set to transform the lives of this community. Through collaborative efforts, local participation, and support from organizations like Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik, this transformation is becoming a reality.
Phase 2 includes establishing clean water sources, bringing the gift of clean water to over a hundred families. It aims to install sanitary facilities, addressing the health risks that have plagued the community for generations. Moreover, infrastructure improvements are in the pipeline, providing a safer and more conducive learning environment for the 80 schoolchildren.