Water Connections Project

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Indonesia’s water and sanitation crisis Water and Sanitation

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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 50m 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.

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 recognising 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.

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.

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!

Limit of water filters

Filtering water is a process designed to make water as drinkable as possible. Unfortunately, this does not always work and this solution is not suitable for populations who have very limited access to a water source, or even no water at all.

In many villages and regions in which we operate, three factors must be remembered above all else:

1. Local knowledge: If people have access to a source of water, then setting up single filters per house is possible. Nevertheless, we will come up against the knowledge of people in terms of long-term use. I would also say in terms of interests and priorities. Cleaning, maintenance, filter change after a number of liters X, or months! It is sometimes difficult to explain simple things, therefore the notion of time, days, hours, temperature, quantity, pollution, dirt, harm to health for example, are very little understood concepts. and which once explained will have little chance of being retained and applied. I am talking about the communities of the outermost, rural, agrarian regions which operate slowly, to the rhythm of sunrise and sunset. They have the ones with the least access to water.

2. Access to water: Many villages simply do not have access to water. It is therefore impossible to filter water when you do not have it! So how do they drink? Many villages have recourse to social services, which deliver water tankers, stored in large reservoirs that, for example, Fair Future builds or installs. This water is clean and does not need to be filtered.
Also, the water filter is a partial solution in the sense that it does not allow washing, showering, cooking (or else, you need very large filters). Skin problems and related diseases also have a source related to the quality of the water ...

3. The economic aspect: A filter not only needs to be washed, maintained ... but above all to be changed! It is expensive for these families and above all, almost inaccessible if no NGO has it. It is difficult for them to eat anything other than white rice with chili and salt to give it a little taste. Impossible to treat oneself apart from solutions offered by NGOs such as Fair Future or Kawan Baik Foundations on-site ...
So buy a filter ... Go to town when you can't afford to go ...

Unfortunately, this is an observation that we have made for a long time. The simple water filtration system only works for those who have dirty water (inepsia), enough to be able to maintain this filter in good condition both financially and comprehensively.

This is why with Fair Future, we have chosen to provide means aimed at providing clean water in quantity and quality to these communities, by means of sustainable, inexpensive solutions: Drilling of wells, distribution in the villages. and or houses by incorporating sanitation solutions such as WC by gender, showers, washing point for clothes.

More info: https://fairfuturefoundation.org/medical-assistance-for-the-undernourished

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 be on the ground with us. We are committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to medical care (basic and emergency care), Covid-19 screening and testing, access to school and knowledge, drinking and clean water, sanitation, women's rights, and minorities living in rural and ultra peripheral areas.

Going where no one ever goes is one of our priorities, see Truck Of Life program.

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Give for Clean Water Access

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 disease, 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. Read more here!

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Give for healthcare access

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 COVID-19 in Indonesia

Take care of people, do what the state does not! Fair Futur acts to detect, test, treat and vaccinate the victims of the Pandemic. No Antigen tests, no vaccine (here in Sumba for example, hardly anyone is vaccinated). Also, the health centers are closed because they are infected and the medical staff is sick.

There are very few doctors and other medical personnel who are still at work. This is linked to medical and infectious factors, but also and above all because the staff is no longer paid, therefore they no longer come to work.

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Providing relief in natural disasters

After the Sumba natural disaster in April 2021, Fair Future is the only foreign organization there. We commit ourselves every day to rebuild, to improve...

We are confronted with health problems, social challenges. We need infrastructural and human resources. They need to eat, drink, have access to healthcare and a roof to protect themselves!

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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, 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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More than yesterday and even less than tomorrow, Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations continue to develop projects with humanitarian, positive, and virtuous objectives.

Our organizations get involved every day, in a concrete way on the ground. They are men and women, mostly volunteers, who work to find solutions and implement them so that everyone can have a better life.

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Some more Information

2021 is going, 2022 is coming and we are still here!

2021 is going, 2022 is coming and the pandemic is part of our everyday life. We are coping as best we can, our resources are not unlimited and the needs are increasing considerably. One of the Foundation’s tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent disease, maintain lives and livelihoods. It is about reducing environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. However, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation through the implementation of safe hygiene practices in order to maximize the benefits for their communities.

Water Connections. The deep borehole of MbinuDita – Part#1

From the drilling site, here in East Sumba, MbinuDita village. In the middle of nowhere, at the foot of the hill that hosts our school in SD Mbinudita. Most of the work has started. Several phases will lead us to provide a clean water network to more than 200 families who have never had direct access to it. Where it’s complicated is that the groups of houses are sometimes several kilometers apart. This, therefore, makes the thing technically complex in terms of physical law! This action is fully linked to the “Water Connections” program, initiated by the Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia foundations.

The “Water Connections” Project – The Full Presentation!

The .PDF presentation of the current project “Water Connections” – Drinking water for 200 families in MbinuDita. This document presents to you in detail the project that we started at the beginning of November, after months of preliminary studies. Once completed, the water connections will reach homes, families throughout the MbinuDita region. A magic trick carried out thanks to all of you, to all the friends of the Foundation. the “Kawan Baik” from here and elsewhere. No water, no life. No blue, no green.

Water Connections project – Today, we started drilling in MbinuDita

From the drilling site, here in East Sumba, MbinuDita village. A very rural and isolated region, in which nearly 220 families live, economically poor, without access to water, electricity, sanitation solutions (WC, shower), or medical care. A region where the lack of water is wreaking havoc in terms of health. Our are therefore able to provide them with what they need most. Clean water to live, to drink, to have good health, to prosper economically too. These few photos were taken during the last 15 days during our mission to prepare the village for the arrival of a source of clean water, via the drilling of a deep well – more than 60 meters -. This action is fully linked to the “Water Connections” program, initiated by Fair Future and Kawan Baik Indonesia foundations. A complicated project but which will come to fruition after two weeks of work on the spot, or about 15 days to drill, there … In the middle of nowhere, at the bottom of the hill that hosts our school in SD Mbinudita.

Rumah Kambera, the last few months on the site!

Rumah Kambera, some pictures taken during the last 6 weeks. A job 18 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to give the best of ourselves to all those who have great needs in the regions of eastern Indonesia. The foundation develops and implements actions in eastern Indonesia (NTT) and notably in East Sumba. To do so, we decided to coordinate our actions from what is now; “The Fair Future Base Camp” in the eastern regions of the country. In a village near Waingapu called Lambanapu. Rumah Kambera is its name. This -house- is a place of coordination of all our socio-medical, educational activities in favor of children, women, and communities in rural and peripheral regions where access to water, electricity, education, or healthcare is almost non-existent.

Assistance to people in case of malnutrition problems

Social consequences of malnutrition. Undernourished children have weaker immune systems and are thus more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections can cause stunting, whose effects in terms of delayed motor and cognitive development are largely irreversible.

Rumah Kambera Base Camp – Covid-19 fight and Clean Water updates

Management of the pharmacy, water supply, Covid-19 program, infrastructures, and day-to-day organizations.
Facing the crisis linked to the pandemic, the lack of water and vital resources, managing the organizational structure in order to optimize the social and medical assistance that we offer. The 24 hours that a day counts are not enough to do everything!

We allocate CHF. 10,000.- for the construction of a new Central Clean Water Access Point, in East Sumba

We are indeed pleased to announce the funding, for an amount of more than CHF 10,000.-, of a new Central Point of Access to Clean and Potable Water, as part of socio-medical actions in Rumah Kambera, eastern Indonesia. Access to water for families is essential for their lives, health, and well-being. In this sense, implementing sustainable solutions is one of our main goals with the Fair Future Foundation. In addition, this program is clearly part of the fight we are leading and engaging against the pandemic here in eastern Indonesia.

Project evaluation. Clean water access point in Mauliru village, Sumba

After more than three weeks on-site with the Truck of Life, Fair Future is on the site of the 1st Access Point to clean water and toilets. The work today is coming to an end and in a few days, it is over 250 people going to provide toilets, clean water and showers. Access to clean water and toilets. What is it like to go to the bathroom here and elsewhere?

Clean Water Access Point in Mauliru village – East Sumba

The project to build an access point to clean water, deep borehole, toilets, showers, and washing clothes is underway. Here are the first photos of this project that we must multiply by 40! For a better health, a much better quality of life, increase their income because they will be able to cultivate a garden and especially germinate the seeds.

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!


Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.

A social disease, tuberculosis affects more particularly the poorest groups of the population, in particular the homeless people in whom the incidence (approximately 200 / 100,000) far exceeds that of other groups.

In Indonesia, tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in the category of infectious diseases. However, when one considers the general causes of death, tuberculosis ranks 3rd after heart disease and acute respiratory disease at all ages. The number of tuberculosis cases found in 2019 was around 645,000 cases. This figure has increased from the tuberculosis data recorded in 2018, which was in the order of 566.00 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of recorded deaths from tuberculosis based on WHO 2019 data is 98,000 people. This includes 5,300 deaths of tuberculosis patients with HIV / AIDS.

Life-saving anti-tuberculosis drugs are still unaffordable and out of reach for children in high-burden countries like Indonesia.

In 2020, the 30 countries with a high TB burden accounted for 87% of new TB cases. Eight countries account for two-thirds of the total, led by India, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

More info: https://tbindonesia.or.id/pustaka-tbc/informasi/tentang-tbc/situasi-tbc-di-indonesia-2/
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.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial agents have played a vital role in reducing the burden of communicable diseases around the world. The WHO South-East Asia Region is no exception. On an Indonesian or "local" scale, antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, are very cheap, accessible, and very effective. It is with good reason that many have long considered them to be "miracle drugs".

The situation in Indonesia with this major health problem is absolutely catastrophic. Participating physicians prescribe antimicrobials on all counts, for infections for which any form of antimicrobial is unnecessary. Too large a proportion of sick patients simply no longer respond to the treatments they - sometimes very urgently - need.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) creates “superbugs” that make treatment of basic infections difficult (and in some cases impossible) and surgery risky. And while the emergence of resistance in microorganisms is an ongoing phenomenon, its amplification and spread are the results of one thing: human behavior.

The WHO South-East Asia Region is particularly affected. As the risk assessments conducted by WHO have shown, the Region is probably the most at-risk part of the world. Not only does AMR affect the health and well-being of people in Indonesia, it also has ramifications for public health and general well-being. This makes the problem of immense global importance.


More info: https://www.balimedicaljournal.org/index.php/bmj/article/viewFile/1386/pdf
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!

Water is like a miracle for some people!

Look what we are doing in terms of Clan Water access

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