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

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

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Kawan: Alex Wettstein

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The December 09, 2021

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Extract | 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 Mbinudita Water Connections project has moved on to the implementation phase. A small series of posts that tells you what it can mean to drill a well more than 60 m deep, in the middle of nowhere, in an area where no one has ever access.

A region without direct access to water, without electricity and hostile, when it comes to working and living conditions too.

Hello from East Sumba, the Mbinudita site that you know well, this is where we built our big and beautiful school!

The “Rebuild Mbinudita” program is not just school! It affects a whole poor and very rural community! It also includes access to medical care, access to clean water as part of the “Water Connections” program. This is what we are talking about now:

A deep borehole, at the bottom of the hill that hosts our school. The 1st stage of this water network is in the process of being woven and aims to bring water to each group of houses in the region. Direct access to clean water for thousands of people!

So the location of this main borehole is in the middle of dry fields most of the time. Accessing it is very complicated, there is indeed no access, no electricity, no water (for the moment). These few 1st images show you the preparation and the start of the deep drilling (60m). A drilling site was chosen using the “dowsing rod” technique, last September 2021, with Kawan Gogon, Kawan Ayu, Kawan Primus, Kawan Elton, and Kawan Neni.

The Fair Future Foundation and Kawan Baik Foundation, represented on the field by Kawan Alex, Kawan Primus Lede and Kawan Elton, prepared the ground, or how to find a way to get there and make possible the arrival of more than 15,000 liters of water (for the drill), several tons of equipment, food on the site; where no one has been before, to welcome workers for more than two weeks, workers and villagers also.

That is the time it took to drill nearly 60m deep. A real-life is organized on the spot because you will have to sleep there, eat there, wash yourself, stay in good health …

Once the camp is installed, the drilling begins, for 2 full weeks. Hard work, physically exhausting, also mentally because the optimal weather conditions are not there. The conditions are harsh! It takes a lot of courage to endure this! But all is well for the moment! The idea of ​​providing water to nearly 200 families is motivating. But, the people of the village come to us every day to help, to make coffee when they have it, for all of us there. Its give us courage.

So we continue, we still have lots to do and all the rest too!

The rest of this story will be in some future post! Thank you to all of your for your benevolence, your support too!

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What are we doing in Rumah Kambera?

  • Covid-19 pandemic: Tests of the population, vaccinations, mapping of the situation, donation of healthy food, drinking water, information and prevention about the routes of contamination;
  • Medical and health care: Rumah Kambera welcomes patients with health problems every day. Our pharmacy and our on-site medical team can help people take care of themselves through the donation of medicines, vitamins and food supplements. The most common illnesses are related to lack of clean water, lack of healthy food, air pollution, joint and back problems, asthma, skin problems such as lipomas, fibroids, allergies, cancer;
  • Access to clean water and sanitary facilities: Construction of central water points, drilling of wells, toilets by type, showers, biological filtration and information on the water, commit to preserve it and use it in a healthy way for people;
  • Creation and construction of school infrastructures, schools, health centers so that each can have access to health care and to school;
  • Responses in the event of natural disasters (common in the region), reconstruction, preservation, emergency care, advanced first aid station, establishment of emergency medical care, distribution of food, water etc…;
  • Truck of Life program: Medical care, distribution of food, construction materials, transporting medical teams to the sites, picking up a sick or injured person to bring them to the hospital, etc…;
  • And all the other social, medical, infrastructural activities linked to the mission of the foundation in the field;

Water Connections Program

One of the Foundation’s tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent disease and sustain lives. This is to reduce environmental health risks 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 putting in place safe hygiene practices to maximize the benefits for their communities.

The majority of communities with which Fair Future works struggle every day to have access to this fundamental right, which is why our actions for the year 2022 will be focused on creating access to water for these families, so that their health can improve, that they can grow food. But also offer them the opportunity to create an economic activity that will serve their living conditions.

.PDF | The Project Water Connection in MbinuDita here

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.

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 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!

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Alexandre Wettstein

My Name is Alex Wettstein, CEO, President, founder of Fair Future Foundation. A Swiss and International official NGO (State Approved Foundation). I'm working as a volunteer, in the fields of health, education, access to drinking water, in South-East Asia, notably in Indonesia since 2010, I am married to Ayu Setia and we have 3 kids, Flavie, Elisa, and Atha.

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