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Water Connections Project for clean water

Fair Future Foundation believes that is one of the main key for a better life

Why do we all need to have access to clean water and sanitation?

Because where we operate in Eastern Indonesia, contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and poliomyelitis. With, for children and vulnerable people, a high mortality rate.

Extract | Providing Water and Sanitation for all those who never had access to it. Fair Future, Kawan Baik Indonesia and the Indonesian Red Cross are launching a program to provide access to drinking water to several dozen villages that do not have access to water or to sanitation solutions. Several phases of this project began several months ago.

Our job is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, which prevents disease and sustains lives and livelihoods.

This to reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity and involve women and men in water and sanitation resource management and safe hygiene practices to maximize benefits for their communities.

Fair Future has started a program to provide access to clean water and sanitation solutions to dozens of villages, that have no direct access to water or sanitation solutions, in East Sumba (NTT), Mbinudita village. This program, which started in 2021, has no end date. Water Connections is its name. It aims to forge water connections, in order to get closer to where people live, in rural areas of eastern Indonesia. And in fact, ensuring them direct access to a source of clean and healthy water.

Without water, there will be no plants, no trees, no fruits & vegetables, and ultimately, no food. This project aims to drill a well to a depth of nearly 80m in order to have clean and consumable water, but also to add toilets, a place to wash and organise activities around the theme of water… and ultimately, be able to eat, heal, stay healthy, drink… Live!

It’s too easy to forget what miracle water is. In wealthy countries, clean, safe drinking water is so abundant and readily available that we just take it for granted. Access to drinking water is a fundamental human right.

Yet billions of poor people around the world still face the daily challenge of accessing safe water sources, spending countless hours in line, or traveling long distances and coping with the effects. on the health of the use of contaminated water.

Millions of people fall ill or die every day because they are forced to do without these most basic services. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people each year than all forms of violence, including war, making it one of the world’s most pressing health problems.

Water and health in East Sumba including MbinuDita rural area

The main goal and to reduce significant infant mortality, congenital problems, sometimes serious illnesses related to the consumption of unclean water. And therefore improving living conditions, creating economic opportunities, and consequently creating wealth and mental well-being.

  • Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio;
  • Absent, inadequate, or inappropriately managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks.

Fair Future throughout its public health actions, can say that: Safe and easily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production, or for recreational purposes. But also that the improvement of water supply and sanitation, as well as better management of water resources, can stimulate the economic growth of countries and contribute greatly to poverty reduction.

Economic and social effects of this project in MbinuDita & East Sumba

When water comes from improved and more accessible sources, people spend less time and physical effort collecting it, which means they can be productive in other ways, and this goes for the MbinuDita region;

It can also translate to greater personal safety by reducing the need to make long or risky journeys to fetch water. Here, children and women most often have to travel for miles to fetch a few liters of “edible” water;

Providing a clean water system – better water sources – for these more than 200 families in MbinuDita also means less health care costs, as people are less likely to fall ill and incur medical expenses. medical facilities, and are better able to remain economically productive;

We have seen children die, fall into comas, have mental deficiencies from drinking polluted water here in MbinuDita and elsewhere;

Given that children are particularly vulnerable to water-related diseases, access to a clean water network or -improved water sources-, can translate into better health, and therefore better school attendance. , with longer-term positive consequences for their lives.

Situation in Indonesia

With a population of 264 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and claims Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The capital, Jakarta, continues to expand as an international hub; however, rural communities and residents of informal settlements in urban areas struggle in terms of poor health and infrastructure. For many households, water sources are distant, contaminated or expensive, and household sanitation is unaffordable.

Nearly 28 million Indonesians lack safe water and 71 million lack access to improved sanitation facilities. Fortunately, there is a growing microfinance sector serving low-income households across the country, and they are recognizing that financing for water supply and sanitation is a growing need.

In Indonesia and around the world, people are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are striving to endure this crisis with an added challenge. They lack access to life’s most critical resource – water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Indonesia.

Water is a matter of concern to us at the Fair Future Foundation

Our humanitarian responses, our campaigns, and our long-term initiatives to help families improve their incomes, reduce their vulnerability to disasters, and defend their rights.

Our job is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, which prevents disease and sustains lives and livelihoods; reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity; and involve women and men in water and sanitation resource management and safe hygiene practices to maximize benefits for their communities.

Billions of people will lack access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene in 2030 unless progress

Even before the pandemic, millions of children and families suffered without clean water, sanitation, and a place to wash their hands.

Despite our impressive progress, alarming and growing needs continue to exceed our ability to meet. Fair Future is dramatically accelerating its efforts to provide children and families with the most basic needs for their health and well-being, including the fight against infectious diseases like COVID-19.

What are the challenges we face every day?

The east of the country is like the aridest African countries. Rainfall is low, even in the rainy season. Finding water is complicated, finding clean or consumable water is a real challenge. Certainly, the water tables exist, but you have to dig very (too) deep, in order to find a source of consumable water and therefore, not dangerous for the health of people. From then on, people are content to dig shallow, manual wells which dry up after a few weeks of the dry season.

The consequences for the foundation are therefore that people get sick, the morbidity of children and other vulnerable people is high. It is not uncommon for us not to find a child on a new visit to a village!

The problems are above all technical, and also economic. Drilling more than 100 meters requires technology, equipment, and knowledge that does not exist on site. Or, giving oneself the means to drill deeply is too expensive for the people of this region, the poorest of this immense country!

In addition, electricity is non-existent in most rural areas. People don’t have light, children study in the dark most of the time. Pumping water more than 150m deep requires considerable electrical power! So the sun? Yes of course! But equipping a well with solar panels still costs a lot of money!

What we do now, today!

Fair Future ensures equitable access to water in quantity and quality, which prevents disease and sustains lives and livelihoods; reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity; and involving women and men in water and sanitation resource management and safe hygiene practices to maximize benefits for their communities.

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Donate to programs initiated by Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia, and be on the ground with us. We are committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to a better and healthier life. We are focusing on creating solutions for sanitation and access to drinking water and clean water, sanitationaccess to energy sources, access to school and knowledge, access to medical care (basic and emergency care), especially for children, healthy food, women's rights, and minorities living in rural and ultra peripheral areas.

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Give for Water Connections Program

Fair Future works every day to improve the living conditions of rural communities in eastern Indonesia.

One of the Foundation's tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and poliomyelitis. With, for children and vulnerable people, a high mortality rate., and maintain lives and livelihoods. This is to reduce environmental risks to health, by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. Still, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation by the implementation of safe hygiene practices in order to maximize the benefits for their communities.

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Give for Basic medical care

Whether it is to fight against famine, diseases linked to the lack of clean water, the lack of sanitation system, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases linked to air pollution, tuberculosis, or any other form of recurrent illness, Fair Future does what it can to best help populations in need.

Help us to provide us with medicines, medical equipment, logistics, my indispensable faith also to get us where no one ever goes. Help us to heal, to give a better life, to help us to save lives!

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Give for 1st emergency relief

Fair Future teams intervene to provide care, including in situations of social and natural disasters, how and why we adapt our activities to each. We have developed emergency actions that have been implemented in the fields of health, access to drinking water, food, and medical care, and have coordinated a multitude of actions since their different medico-social Base Camps. Our teams of professionals fight every day against epidemics and serious illnesses, due to lack of water, food, hygiene, and care for children or pregnant women and vulnerable people.

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Give for Rumah Kambera

Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia Foundation incorporate in all its choices and decisions taken in the context of its actions and field programs, the notions of risks for communities, what is good or bad for them, for people, children, and villages. And for years, we have for mission to develop, support, and create humanitarian programs and actions linked to education, training, and medical care. This is why Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia have created Rumah Kambera, our Base Camp in the Eastern part of Indonesia.

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Give for Rebuild MbinuDita program

After building a new school, bigger, stronger, with materials resistant to storms, bad weather, earthquakes, Fair Future and Kawan Baik, as part of the program, we named “Rebuild MbinuDita “, continue to provide basic things for the lives of thousands of people there.

The program “Rebuild MbinuDita” is to give access to clean water to all the inhabitants of the community, but also to medical care, to healthy food through the creation of organic gardens. These activities have no other objectives than to increase the quality of their life, to provide better health to people (especially children, vulnerable people, pregnant women), access to health and medical care, and for people to be able to increase their income.

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Give for The Truck of Life Program

In the most inaccessible territories, live thousands of people who do not have access to the most basic needs in order to ensure them a healthier life, or basic medical care, access to drinking water so as not to be ill, or a source of light for reading or studying for children.

The Truck of Life program allows us to provide medical care and take children or even a doctor or dentist to the nearest town. Truck Of Life allows us to bring equipment, food, and drinking water to wherever no one goes while ensuring the safety of our volunteers and specialized collaborators.

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Fair Future and Kawan Baik change the nature of water

Clean water is life, health, food, leisure, energy… Water covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. It is in water that life on Earth began, so it is not surprising that all living things on our blue planet need water. Water is indeed many things: it is a vital need, a home, a local and global resource, a transport corridor, a climate regulator. And, over the past two centuries, it has become the end of the journey for many pollutants released into nature and a newly discovered mine rich in minerals to exploit. To continue enjoying the benefits of clean water and healthy oceans and rivers, we must fundamentally change the way we use and treat water.

There will always be people who live too far away, we are here to help them!

There are no toilets here, everyone practices open defecation. Furthermore, no one has direct access to water of any kind, and no access to a source of clean, drinkable water. Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations are changing that with the #waterconnections program, but there will always be people who live even further than far. We meet those people, all those families that we don’t forget. Thanks to all of you and our teams who are there, on the ground at the time of writing this line, they will also have access to one of our solutions, a borehole, a reservoir connected to the network…

We act like dowsers and their magic wands. And it works so well!

“Dowsing” generally refers to the practice of using a forked stick, rod, pendulum, or similar device to locate groundwater. Although tools and methods vary widely, most dowsers probably still use the traditional forked stick, which can come from a variety of trees, including willow, peach, and witch hazel. Other dowsers like us with the foundation use an elaborate box system and electrical instruments. And it works, it’s amazing!

Our new deep well drilling machine for #WaterConnections is finished, here it is!

Water appeared on earth about 4 billion years ago and since then its volume has remained constant. It is always the same water that circulates, transforms, and recycles itself permanently. One of the greatest dangers hanging over freshwater supplies is simply the increase in the world’s population. In 2050, there should be about 9.8 billion people on Earth, some 2.3 billion more than today.

Water is when we don’t have it that we realise how important it is!

Water we do not realize how important it is when we have access to it like that, by opening a simple tap and sometimes forgetting to close it. Water is when we don’t have it that we realize how important it is, how vital it is for our everyday life. So for a moment, let’s try to imagine what our life could be like without water. And if we have access to it, that this water is not consumable! This is what the families experience here, the children of all these villages in which Fair Future works almost 24 hours a day. The health of people, the prevention of diseases, the reduction of infant mortality, offering a better quality of life, food every day, a shower every day and for everyone are just a few aspects that oblige us to work and develop. innovative and sustainable solutions, relating to access to water in quantity and quality for families in the poorest and rural regions.

Magic works, construction continues, people are happy, there is water!

Having clean water close to home is a real challenge that Fair Future and Kawan Baik have taken on, so that the more than 2,200 villagers of Mbinudita can have clean water in their homes for the first time in their lives. This is so that everyone’s life is healthier, happier on all fronts, clearly more harmonious. Even if it is very hard physically, sometimes morally because we are isolated from everything and everyone, there is not a day during which we are not happy to be able to work within the framework of this immense project, one of the largest ever conducted by the Swiss foundation and its Indonesian twin sister, Kawan Baik Indonesia foundation.

Without or with very little water and food, it is very difficult to go to school!

Go to school, learn, concentrate, walk… All this with little water and food! This is the challenge faced by thousands of kids, their teachers and families. Not having enough water when you are a child, sometimes having to walk several kilometres to get to school. Not having enough to eat, not being able to wash. The difficulties of the teachers, their testimonies are revealing of the food, economic and access to water crisis which the children and their families have to face every day of their lives. Fair Future and Kawan Baik try to respond in the best possible way to these vital problems. Avoid malnutrition, improve health, provide access to a source of clean water so that children can go to school and learn in the best possible conditions.

Lifestyle habits: “-Because we’ve been doing it for a long time”

Pollution of streams and natural springs and everywhere. It is rare to find still pure sources whose water is not dangerous for health. Fair Future, within the framework of its prevention programs and access to better health, meets people from the most rural and poor regions of this immense country, offers affordable, simple and understandable solutions for all. At the same time, we are building clean water networks, we are drilling deep wells to provide access to quality water, in quantity, to families, children and vulnerable people.

Water Connections – Where are we right now in building this project?

THE project is progressing well, it is a constant investment of time. We work on the sites every day and thanks to the families of the village of MbinuDita, we are progressing really well. The water now arrives at the top of the hill, where our school is For the first time in the life of the village of #rebuildmbinudita, almost all families have access to clean water in quantity and quality. We are finishing the construction of ten reservoirs of 6200 liters, kilometers of pipes are buried, electricity feeds the pumps in the wells. The construction of the sanitary facilities will be able to begin soon.

The Water Crisis in Indonesia – Focus in Napu, Wunga, Sumba Timur

Drinking contaminated water can lead to serious health problems. Cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, scabies, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers, hepatitis, malnutrition and poliomyelitis, significant metabolic fatigue causing disorders of all vital systems, to death.
In the long term, consumption of water loaded with heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates and other chemical components such as arsenic are likely to cause serious congenital malformations in newborns: Limb deformation, hydro-encephalitis and other physical or mental disabilities.

Common diseases we work on

Tuberculosis in Indonesia: A social disease affects the poorest communities, those living in difficult conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of new cases in Indonesia, such as HIV, which is not often mentioned here!

Dengue virus infection: DENV is a real major cause of acute febrile illness here. In the most affected regions, mortality is very high & affects the most vulnerable. Especially for those who do not have access to medical care.
Malaria and the vulnerable: Every year, malaria kills thousands of people in Indonesia, in all regions, even the richest. 70% of all deaths are children under five, and affect people and families who cannot access medical care.
Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.
Air pollution and health: Plastic that burns, everywhere! Air pollution is responsible for almost 50% of mortality here. Dioxins, furans, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls are highly toxic!
Malnutrition and famine: Malnutrition causes serious illnesses where we are! The phenomenon, creating a vicious cycle of starvation & disease. This is a major problem in which we deal with!

The costs of unsafe water in the world!

  • 2.2 billion people do not have access to drinking water at home.
  • 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
  • Worldwide, over 80% of all wastewater returns to the environment untreated.
  • Every day, more than 800 children under the age of five die from diarrhea caused by dirty water.
  • 700 million people around the world could be displaced by severe water scarcity by 2030.

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