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Drilling in Laindatang: Overcoming the Harshest Conditions

Drilling in Laindatang: Overcoming the Harshest Conditions

Behold the new “Picture of the Day”, showcasing the 8-inch borehole being drilled in Laindatang, one of the driest regions in the world. This demanding and logistically complicated work presents numerous technical challenges. However, our motivation is unwavering, as the livelihood of an ultra-rural village community without access to clean water hinges on our success.

The #WaterConnections project in the village of Laindatang is both a significant technical challenge and a demonstration of human ingenuity in the face of natural adversities. This project aims to drill a deep well in one of the world’s driest regions of East Sumba and the world. We are the first to attempt a deep borehole here, and the logistical challenges are immense.

Transporting our own drilling machine, weighing around six tonnes, to terrain that is not easy to access even for the #TruckofLife, demonstrates the team’s exceptional determination and adaptability. The process was quite an adventure, which you can watch in this short film on YouTube.

Using rainwater for drilling by creating a mini artificial lake and a dam made of earth and branches is an innovative and ecological solution that highlights our commitment to overcoming obstacles while preserving the environment. Managing the water required for drilling, approximately 10,000 litres per day, without depleting already limited local resources, demonstrates careful planning and execution.

We encountered some challenges along the way. There was a landslide at the beginning of the borehole, and then another one a few days ago. However, the project was able to continue thanks to land stabilization measures. These technical interventions show a careful approach to unexpected situations, ensuring the safety and success of the well. We have published a gallery of images related to the drilling, and we recommend you take a look here.

This drilling project represents more than a technical endeavour; it catalyzes change, offering crucial access to clean water for the Laindatang community. Access to water is essential for improving residents’ health, nutrition, and hygiene.

We anticipate that the drilling will be finished by the end of April, which means there’s about another month of work left. This aligns with our initial estimate of two to four months of drilling work. Fair Future and Kawan Baik are not only involved in the physical aspects of the project but are also preparing the community to make the most of this valuable resource. The training modules scheduled for mid-April are crucial to ensure that the water brings lasting benefits in terms of improved nutrition, good hygiene, and better health access.

This drilling project is truly a once-in-a-lifetime endeavour. I want to express my gratitude to all of you because what we are attempting to accomplish here is remarkable. Each contribution brings us closer to turning this dream into a reality and providing water and hope to a community in desperate need.

Together, we confront adversity with resilience and innovation, demonstrating that no challenge is insurmountable when we unite for a brighter future. Your generosity transforms lives and establishes a legacy of health and prosperity for future generations.

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We recommend you take a look at this gallery of images related to how we bring the drilling machine on-site;
Some short films on YouTube about drilling here in Laindatang.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 28th of March 2024

Connecting Families in Rural Indonesia with clean water

Connecting Families in Rural Indonesia with clean water

In this new “Picture of the Day”, around ten people are seen burying HDPE pipes between a new 5000-liter ferro-cement tank and another 5000-liter ferro-cement tank. These pipes will later connect the new sanitation facilities, the school, the village houses, and the latest installation of eight sinks These sinks will allow the village’s children to wash their hands.

The #WaterConnections projects we carry out in ultra-rural villages in Indonesia, such as Laindatang, embody much more than a simple water installation. They symbolize a profound transformation in the living conditions of the communities where we work. By connecting kilometres of heavy and robust HDPE pipes, we weave water supply networks and links of solidarity and mutual aid between residents and our team.

These pipes, which we carefully bury to protect them from savannah fires—a work we do with the villagers—are not only water pipes; they are the vectors of better health and a vastly improved quality of life. Access to clean water radically changes the daily lives of these families. Drinking, cooking, washing, watering a garden, or simply washing have become simple and safe, eliminating many risks of using contaminated water.

The availability of clean water has a direct and measurable impact on the health of communities. Infectious diseases, often spread by unsafe water, see their rate drastically reduced once access to quality water is secured. Ailments such as malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, and other water-related illnesses, which previously were part of daily life in these villages, are beginning to disappear. By providing a reliable source of drinking water, we attack the root of one of the leading causes of malnutrition, allowing safer food and facilitating the irrigation of small vegetable gardens, sources of better, fresh and nutritious food.

Beyond health, #WaterConnections is also revolutionizing villages’ social and economic fabric. Women and children, who were often responsible for collecting water, sometimes from long distances, were freed from this time-consuming and exhausting task. Children can devote more time to their education, and women to income-generating activities or personal development. This creates a dynamic of progress and empowerment within communities, promoting the emergence of new opportunities for all.

This project is not only a technical response to the problem of access to water; it is a door to a healthier, more equitable and more promising future for hundreds of families. By building these facilities, training residents in their maintenance, raising awareness of the importance of hygiene and sharing our knowledge, Fair Future and all our teams on site are sowing the seeds of an innovative and, above all, sustainable transformation. Each pipe laid, each meter of buried pipe, and each drop of clean water that arrives in a home brings us closer to this future for those families officially qualified by the national authorities as “Extreme Poverty”.

Thanks to the support of donors and partners, these projects can come to fruition. We are grateful to everyone from Rotary, those involved in the fight against malaria (RAM), and supporters from Switzerland, Indonesia, and worldwide. Together, we can save lives.

Your help is vital in supporting our mission to reach more villages and improve more lives. Water is essential, and together, we can make life healthier, safer, and more full of opportunities for Indonesia’s ultra-rural communities. Thank you for your ongoing support and for believing in our cause.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 27th of March 2024

Revolutionizing Health in Laindatang with New Sanitation

Revolutionizing Health in Laindatang with New Sanitation

The new “Picture of the Day” features the newly completed sanitary facilities in the village of Laindatang. It’s a revolutionary development for these families, who previously lacked access to toilets, showers, and clean water. Fair Future has been actively involved in this area for 18 months and is making significant changes to improve people’s health and preserve lives.

In the village of Laindatang, the concrete and vital action of the Fair Future Foundation is manifested through the #WaterConnections project. Before our intervention, living conditions in this village were precarious, and there was no access to basic sanitation facilities or clean water. Families live daily, facing the daily challenges posed by the lack of hygiene and the health risks that arise from it.

Completing the second sanitation facility in the village marks a turning point. These facilities, including a handwashing sink, represent a revolution for the community. Hand hygiene’s simple yet crucial importance cannot be underestimated in the fight against infectious diseases. The source of this transformation? Four new ferro-cement reservoirs, the fruit of our ingenuity and determination, and a deep borehole that symbolizes our ongoing commitment to the Laindatang community.

These facilities, separated by gender, offer private space for showering, washing clothes, and much more. They are equipped with safety tanks divided into three parts, designed to filter and separate water at different stages of use in accordance with international water purification standards. This distinction between clean, shower, and dirty water is essential for preserving water quality in the village, a pillar of our mission to combat transmissible diseases.

Implementing these sanitation facilities has a profound impact on the health and well-being of the villagers. By eliminating unsanitary practices such as open defecation, we directly reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission, a primary concern in these ultra-rural areas. This action represents a significant step forward in our fight against diseases like Malaria, Diarrhea, Cholera, Polio and other water and hygiene-related infections.

Beyond the sanitary aspect, these facilities strongly impact the dignity and privacy of individuals, particularly the women and girls of the village. Having access to private toilets with a closed door is a matter of personal respect, safety, and female health preservation. This dramatically changes the daily dynamics of the village, offering a healthier, safer, and more dignified living environment.

This achievement results from the commitment of the Fair Future Foundation and its partners, but above all, it demonstrates our will to put humans at the heart of our actions. Each project and each initiative we undertake aims to concretely improve the lives of the communities we serve by providing sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. In Laindatang, as in every village where we intervene, our mission is clear: to build a fairer, healthier, and more equitable future for all.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 27th of March 2024

Laindatang School’s New Handwashing Facility Fights Diseases

Laindatang School’s New Handwashing Facility Fights Diseases

The new “Picture of the Day” features the new healthy handwashing facility at Laindatang School. This is the first time such a facility has been built and put into service in a public school. It is part of a unique program aimed at effectively combating infectious diseases in a region greatly affected by health issues, especially those impacting children.

In the Laindatang region, where challenges such as lack of water, electricity, and sanitation are combined with the fight against high rates of infectious diseases like malaria, the Fair Foundation’s #WaterConnections project represents a significant step forward towards improving the living and health conditions of the most vulnerable communities. By inaugurating the first handwashing facility in a local school, we have taken a crucial step in our commitment to ensuring access to essential sanitation services for children, for whom regular hygiene practice has been a rarity until now.

This sanitary facility comprises eight sinks, six visible in the shared image, and two are located in new healthy sanitary facilities built by our team. It marks a turning point in Laindatang’s children’s daily lives. Previously, the opportunity to wash their hands was a luxury, with families having to walk long distances to the nearest river for water. This journey could only be done every two weeks or, in some cases, once a month. In the dry season, these challenges become even more overwhelming, further limiting access to water for basic needs.

The project is not limited to providing convenient access to water for handwashing; it is also a head-on fight against infectious diseases that have long afflicted the community, particularly malaria. By introducing these handwashing facilities, the Fair Future Foundation aims to introduce vital hygiene practices that can significantly reduce the spread of infections. This effort is even more critical in a region where children and families face the threat of life-threatening illnesses every day.

Beyond improving hygiene, this project highlights our commitment to sustainable development and community involvement. By working hand-in-hand with residents and tailoring our solutions to Laindatang’s specific challenges, we ensure that the benefits of these facilities will endure over time and continue to serve future generations.

Through the #WaterConnections project and similar initiatives, the Fair Future Foundation reaffirms its dedication to building a future where access to clean water, sanitation, and healthy living conditions is no longer a barrier to the health and well-being of the poorest communities in Southeast Asia. Our actions on the ground, guided by an in-depth knowledge of local needs and a desire to create a lasting impact, allow us to bring these communities closer to a healthier and safer future every day. Together, we are creating a future where every child has the fundamental right to clean water and good health.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 27th of March 2024

Drilling in Extreme Conditions: Challenges and Triumphs

Drilling in Extreme Conditions: Challenges and Triumphs

 

Our team had been looking for favourable weather conditions since mid-February to move our drill to the #WaterConnections project site in Laindatang village. Finally, on February 22, we seized our opportunity when a truck transported our more than seven-ton drill to Laindatang.

Getting the heavily loaded truck there presented another challenge. Upon arrival, we had to manually carry the machine approximately 300 meters to reach the drilling site. This exhilarating moment filled us with wonder and pleasure, reinforced by our appreciation for the unwavering support of local residents and villagers who are always ready to help us.

Due to the need for water during drilling, we install a substantial temporary 5,000-liter tank. It may seem paradoxical, but having access to water is essential to locate it underground. The installation process took several hours as we erected an impressive tower with a height of 8 meters.

Later in the day, a religious ceremony was held by the villagers who practice the Marapu religion. Three small chickens were offered as sacrifices to determine if we would encounter any problems when drilling for water so that their entrails could be read. According to the community members who organized the ritual, no problems will occur during this deep drilling.

Currently, we are on the fifth day of our expedition and have already gilded at a depth of almost 70 meters. However, a problem has arisen in the form of so-called “water loss”. This phenomenon refers to a situation in which the injected water does not rise due to damage caused by a crack in the six-inch diameter of the well.

Although the machine is working properly, we are currently facing a water shortage. Due to insufficient rainfall and the unavailability of water trucks during dry weather, we do not have access to enough rainwater to fill our on-site tanks needed for drilling. Our daily drilling demand amounts to almost 10,000 litres of water with around 30 meters remaining before we reach the target depth of 100 meters – where, hopefully, an abundant source awaits us which would be beneficial in providing drinking water within this village; thus considerably improving everyone’s quality of life.

Despite a challenging environment, the team engaged on-site perseveres tirelessly in arduous tasks. The heavy drill rods weigh nearly 50 kilograms each and the aggressive elements such as the intense heat of the day, the rain, the wind, the mud, and the cold of the evening prove powerless to stifle our fierce training. Each day brings its share of obstacles, but we remain resolutely focused on achieving our ultimate goal: improving the lives of the residents of the Laindatang Village.

Thank you very much for your attention and support in the water connection project we are working on in Laindatang. This project is significant for both the locals and us as a Swiss foundation, and we have put our hearts into it. As a reminder, last February, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Fair Future, and this project is important to us all. Thank you very much for your help and support.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 3rd of March 2024

Improving Nutrition with #WaterConnections in Laindatang

Improving Nutrition with #WaterConnections in Laindatang

#WaterConnections here in Laindatang was established for various reasons. Firstly, to improve the living conditions of the residents, promote better health, and combat issues of malnutrition and infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, cholera, hepatitis, polio, and others.

But to combat malnutrition and unhealthy eating habits, it is essential to provide adequate knowledge. The residents here have no concept of what it means to eat healthily. As part of this program, for several months, Fair Future and Kawan Baik cook on-site, not only for our team of workers but also for the village workers, about 30 to 50 people each day. We categorically refuse to prepare unhealthy meals.

Instead, we educate them on new tastes, showing them what fresh vegetables like carrots, potatoes, cabbage, green vegetables, and corn look like, cooked in different ways. It is crucial for children's growth to have a healthy diet. Many of them travel kilometres to get to school, arriving tired, exhausted, and unable to concentrate.

Most of the time, they haven't eaten before leaving home. Additionally, they lack access to water. For us, nutrition is therefore one of the key pillars of this program, along with the prevention of infectious diseases.

Throughout the duration of the project, we focus on nutrition, in addition to preventing infectious diseases. We spend much time cooking for the villagers and teaching them the basics of a healthy diet. The #WaterConnections program is there for them, to offer them a better future and better health, as we believe that it is through clean water that we can accomplish almost anything.

Growing vegetables, generating income through their sale, this is what awaits us in the coming weeks as we cook for the school children every day, helping them adopt better eating habits. This is crucial for them because they represent the future generation, those who will outlive us.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu – The 3rd of March 2024

Empowering Emotions: #WaterConnections Phase 2 & 3 Unveiled

Empowering Emotions: #WaterConnections Phase 2 & 3 Unveiled

Our new "Picture of the Day" shows you Kawan Ino passionately describes how the upcoming #WaterConnections project's Phase 2 and 3 will profoundly transform the ultra-rural village of Laindatang. With this project, the village will soon have access to clean water, enabling its residents to lead healthier and more productive lives.

On January 17th, a remarkable event unfolded within the confines of one of Laindatang's six classrooms. Nearly 250 people gathered, including 76 eager students, their parents, and a multitude of village community members. The school's leadership, the school committee, and devoted teachers were also present. It was a day meticulously planned by Ino, Alex, Susan et Ayu to elucidate the intricacies of the #WaterConnections 2024 program within this village and school.

Our arsenal included a massive 20,000-watt PowerBank to power projector and display films, illustrations, and comprehensive plans for Phases 2 and 3 of the project. A rollercoaster of emotions transpired – tears, laughter, smiles, and sheer joy radiated through the room.

As captured in the photo, Kawan Ino le responsible des activités à Sumba Est meticulously explained the blueprint for Phases 2 and 3. This grand endeavour entails the construction of vast reservoirs, PVC pipelines crisscrossing the village, and the installation of solar panels to electrify the pumps and the school itself.

Laindatang, like many other communities in this region, grapples with extreme poverty, high malaria prevalence, infant mortality, and chronic malnutrition. Infectious diseases, particularly those tied to water, plague the residents daily. Our involvement over the past year and a half, primarily during Phase 1, has brought tangible improvements, but Phases 2 and 3 will herald an even more significant impact.

The amazing ability of water to transform health, personal growth, and well-being and promote peace is truly remarkable. We are working together to bring this essential resource to Laindatang, which will change many lives and leave a lasting impact on future generations. This project is more than just an initiative; it is a lifeline, a symbol of actions, and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Please visit the website of the Fair Future Foundation to witness the impact of your support and contribute to this essential cause. Our collective efforts can bring the gift of life-giving water to the children of Laindatang and beyond. We appreciate your unswerving commitment to our mission.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 31st, 2024.

Child’s Heart Gesture: Hope in Clean Water Access

Child’s Heart Gesture: Hope in Clean Water Access

Our new "Picture of the Day" shows you a poignant snapshot of the #WaterConnections project in Laindatang, revealing our presence's profound impact on the lives of local children.

At the heart of this image, a young student from the school and village we work hard for forms a heart with his fingers, a simple but powerful gesture that symbolizes the happiness and hope our work brings to his school community. For more than a year, the Fair Future Foundation has been committed to an essential mission: radically transforming living and health conditions in this region.

The #WaterConnections project aims to introduce a fundamental but previously inaccessible resource to this child's village: clean water. His school, which houses six classes and nearly 80 students, is deprived of the most basic necessities: no water, no toilets, no sinks, no electricity, and a serious shortage of teaching materials and access to information.

Health Risks in a Water-Scarce Environment

Operating a school with 80 children without access to clean water, toilets, or handwashing facilities presents significant health risks. Such conditions foster the spread of infectious diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera, and parasitic infections, which are particularly devastating in young, developing bodies. The absence of these basic sanitary conditions impedes not only physical health but also the student's ability to learn, as illness leads to absenteeism and a decrease in academic performance.

Introducing six sanitary installations, eight handwashing stations, and a water point for students to access clean water for their long journeys back home represents a monumental shift. These improvements mean a drastic reduction in the spread of disease, enhanced personal hygiene, and the promotion of health education that extends beyond the school grounds into the community. Children can now focus on their studies without the constant threat of illness, and families can rest easier knowing their children have a safer learning environment.

The child's smile, captured in this photo, is far from insignificant. It reflects sincere joy and complicity with those who work to improve his life. It's a powerful reminder of the human impact of our work and a testament to the hope and positive change we can bring.

We are at a crucial point in our mission at Laindatang, and every contribution brings us closer to our goal. Whether it's drilling, building reservoirs, or installing sanitation, every donation makes a significant difference. We invite you to join us, support the #WaterConnections project, and be part of this vital transformation. Your generosity can literally change lives.

Visit the Fair Future Foundation website to see the impact of your support and contribute to this crucial cause. Together, we can make water, the source of life, a reality for the children of Laindatang and beyond. Thank you for your commitment to us.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 27th, 2024.

Groundwater is the Key to Laindatang’s Project

Groundwater is the Key to Laindatang’s Project

Our new "Picture of the Day" showcases the exceptional skills of Kawan Neni, our drilling partner and an accomplished dowser who has successfully identified crucial underground water sources essential to our mission..

In the scorching heat of Eastern Indonesia, on the rugged terrain of East Sumba, a relentless endeavour unfolds. The Fair Future Foundation's #WaterConnection project in Laindatang has been an unyielding beacon of hope for over a year, striving to deliver essential services to a community entrenched in hardship. At the heart of this relentless quest lies an ancient practice – dowsing, also known as radiesthésie.

Quest for Lifesaving Springs Beneath

Water, the essence of life, remains an elusive dream in Laindatang, where the struggle for access to clean and dependable water persists. With a sprawling village expanse and a school that welcomes 78 eager young minds daily, the dire need for a sustainable water source has never been more pronounced. The village, like the school, lacks even the most fundamental amenities: no toilets, no clean water, no electricity.

Dowsing, a centuries-old technique, has emerged as an invaluable tool in the arsenal of the Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Foundation. Over the years, this method has proven its worth repeatedly, unveiling concealed aquifers that sustain life in this unforgiving region.

A Pioneering Solution for Laindatang

The #WaterConnection project, initiated in 2024, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Swiss-based Fair Future Foundation. Its success hinges in part on the discovery of reliable underground water, a mission entrusted to dowsing. As we stand on Phases 2 and 3 thresholds, our objectives are unequivocal: secure deep wells, possibly two, to ensure a constant and clean water supply for over a hundred families and the local school. Our optimism soars as we've identified three potential drilling locations, all but guaranteeing the presence of water.

This pivotal project phase signifies a significant turning point. The construction of additional reservoirs will cement access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and a brighter future for the entire village. The school, where children thirst for knowledge but have been denied the most rudimentary resources, will finally be equipped with the essential infrastructure they deserve.

Progress, One Precious Drop at a Time

The Fair Future Foundation's unwavering commitment to improving lives remains unshaken. The #WaterConnection project in Laindatang stands as a testament to this commitment. Guided by dowsing, we are on the brink of effecting transformation, uplifting not just the village but also the aspirations of 78 young children aged 6 to 12, who yearn for a brighter future, not just for themselves but for their entire families.

As we dig deeper into the earth's belly, searching for concealed water sources through the ancient art of dowsing, we embark on a journey toward enduring change. This voyage serves as a stark reminder that every drop counts and that access to clean water isn't merely a fundamental human right but also a catalyst for progress.

Today, we must quickly move forward with Phases #2 and #3 of this #WaterConnections project for the residents of this extremely rural village and all the children who live there. We cannot achieve this without your help. So, how about we all roll up our sleeves and tackle this challenge together

Stay tuned as we continue our mission to unearth the treasures hidden beneath the surface and usher in a new wave of transformation in Laindatang.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, January 15th, 2024.

Empowering Women in Rural Areas with #PrimaryMedicalCare

Empowering Women in Rural Areas with #PrimaryMedicalCare

In the news "Picture of the Day," a Kawan Sehat agent stands with assurance and determination. Facing our healthcare teams, she shares her experience as a care agent in her village of Kabanda. Her gaze, filled with resolve, speaks of her firm decision to progress, contribute to her community's evolution, and help as many as she can. An embodiment of empowerment and social transformation, this image captures the spirit of these extraordinary women who, through their training and commitment, are redefining their role in ultra-rural societies and becoming pillars of change and inspiration.

#PrimaryMedicalCare: The Renaissance of Women in Ultra-Rural Societies of Southeast Asia

In the ultra-rural communities of Southeast Asia, a remarkable change is taking place. Thanks to the #PrimaryMedicalCare program by the Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Foundation, over 50 women, primarily teachers, are redefining their societal role. These women, traditionally confined to the roles of child educators and homemakers, are now gaining confidence and autonomy, becoming undeniable pillars of their community.

Their comprehensive medical training has opened previously closed doors, allowing them to take on responsibilities beyond traditional education. By becoming Kawan Sehat health agents, they have acquired essential life-saving skills and achieved a new social status. Their role has transformed from background figures to leading actors in the health and well-being of their villages.

This evolution is significant as it is a model and inspiration for other women in these regions. These health agents now represent the possibility of a fulfilled life, demonstrating that improvement in living conditions and personal achievement is within reach for all. They are breaking traditional barriers and redefining what it means to be a woman in societies previously limited by rigid norms.

Their growing assurance is a living testimony to the positive impact of education and training on women's empowerment. By transforming their status within the community, they are creating a future where women are not just caregivers and educators but also leaders and innovators.

Fair Future Foundation is committed to continuing its support for these modern heroines, recognizing the crucial importance of their role in health care delivery and building a more equitable and inclusive society. Our work with these remarkable women is a step towards a future where every woman can play an active and respected role in her community.

#WomenEmpowerment #HealthcareHeroes #RuralHealth #CommunityLeaders #FemaleEducation #SocialChange #InnovativeHealthcare #SustainableDevelopment #EqualityForAll

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, on the 8th of January 2024.

The two huge reservoirs located in Desa TanaMbanas

The two huge reservoirs located in Desa TanaMbanas

In this news "Picture of the Day," we invite you to take a bird's-eye view of a remarkable transformation unfolding in the heart of Sumba Tengah, Indonesia. The image captured from above reveals two immense reservoirs, each with a staggering capacity of 20,000 litres. These reservoirs are not just structures but lifelines for a community in need. Join us as we delve into the inspiring journey behind this transformative project in TanaMbanas.

Majestic Reservoirs and Tireless Dedication: A Glimpse into TanaMbanas – In the heart of Sumba Tengah, where arid landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see, lies the village of TanaMbanas. It's a place that has witnessed a remarkable transformation, and today, we take you on a journey to explore the heart of our #WaterConnections project.

As you gaze upon the aerial view of TanaMbanas, your eyes are immediately drawn to two colossal reservoirs, each boasting a capacity of 20,000 litres. These reservoirs are not mere structures; they are lifelines for the community, resulting from tireless dedication and unwavering commitment.

The journey to bring these reservoirs to life was no easy feat. It spanned over three months, filled with challenges and triumphs. Much like the upcoming project in Laindatang, these reservoirs represent the epitome of our mission – to harness the power of rainwater to benefit rural communities.

In the photo, you'll also glimpse our dedicated Fair Future team alongside the trusty "Truck of Life." They are the heart and soul of our #WaterConnections program, working diligently to ensure access to clean water becomes a reality for these communities.

This image captures the magnitude of the #WaterConnections project in TanaMbanas and serves as a testament to our enduring commitment to improving lives. It's a reminder that despite adverse weather conditions and logistical challenges, we remain resolute in our mission.

As we prepare to embark on the next phase of our journey in Laindatang, we reflect on our incredible impact so far. Together, we will continue to change lives, one drop of clean water at a time.

Stay tuned for more updates and stories from the frontlines of our mission to make clean water accessible to all.

#CleanWaterForAll #CommunityTransformation #FairFutureFoundation #WaterSecurity #SumbaTengah #ImpactfulProjects #SustainableSolutions

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, on the 5th of January, 2024.

Breaking Water Barriers for Women and Girls in East Sumba

Breaking Water Barriers for Women and Girls in East Sumba

In this news "Picture of the Day", under the terrible heat of East Sumba, a mother and her daughter trudge forward, carrying five empty jerry cans. Their feet tread on arid ground, strewn with stones and brush. The day started a few hours ago and the journey is far from over. They have travelled more than five kilometres on foot and have as much ahead of them to reach their destination: Kullups, holes dug by hand in the rock of a hill. (Ref. Read this article here)

In this part of the world, kullups are more than mere rainwater reservoirs; they represent a vestige of human ingenuity against near-chronic water scarcity. Rainwater, channeled by soil and rock, seeps in to feed these small stone basins at the foot of a hill. It's a source of life, but also a source of heart-wrenching dilemmas. For every precious drop, there is a hidden cost, measured not in money but in lost opportunities, compromised health, and uncertain futures.

Consider the mother. Each trip for water represents hours when she can't work, maintain her home, or care for her family. What about her daughter? With every step she takes toward the kullup, she moves further from an education that could unlock doors to a better future. The thirst for learning is there, but it is weighed against a more immediate, more vital thirst.

Against this backdrop, the teams from Fair Future and Kawan Baik step in, armed with the will to make a difference and the tools and expertise needed to do so. The #WaterConnections program doesn't merely supply water; it aims to redefine these communities' relationship with this essential resource. By installing water collection and filtration systems, educating on hygiene best practices, and encouraging community participation, Fair Future and Kawan Baik aim to break the vicious cycle of poverty and disease.

Waterborne diseases like Malaria, Dengue, diarrhea and cholera are commonplace in these areas. But their impact doesn't stop at the individual. A sick mother cannot provide for her family. A sick daughter cannot attend school. And a cycle of suffering and poverty perpetuates, generation after generation.

The work of Fair Future and Kawan Baik isn't completed in a day or even a year. It's a long-term commitment, an investment in the future of these communities. But every installed water system, every educational session, and every assisted family represents a step toward a future where this mother and daughter won't have to choose between the present and the future, between thirst and the thirst for learning.

In a world where clean water is often taken for granted, it's easy to forget that for some, it's a luxury that comes at a high price. By working on the ground alongside those who live this reality every day, Fair Future and Kawan Baik remind us that behind every drop of water, there's a human story, a struggle, and an opportunity for change.

Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, 17th of October, 2023.