For many people reading this story, access to clean, safe water is something that is easily taken for granted. With just a twist of a tap, clean water is available for drinking, household cleaning and sanitary uses.
But in the village of Bobiane in Morrumbene, the Adventist church water point, a closed well, was the only source of clean water for the community. When the well was first introduced, a water committee ensured that each family had access to this precious resource and were responsible for its upkeep.
In 2017 the well malfunctioned due to a lack of spare parts and the unfortunate dissolution of the community-driven water committee. This meant that the 150 families who depended on the well had to walk a round trip of 20km to fetch water from the closest open well, leaving little time for any other household chores. The open wells are also susceptible to unsafe water and many people in the Bobiane community suffered terribly from water -borne diseases.
It was then, with great relief and excitement, that Bobiane community welcomed the JAM Water team’s efforts to restore the Adventist church water point to working order in 2019. With fresh, clean water now available to the community, water borne disease incidents have all but disappeared and families are excited to have easy access to fresh water.
The water committee has also been reinvigorated and are working hard to ensure that every family in the community contribute to the upkeep of the water point. In addition, the water committee has started a hygiene education programme that promotes handwashing and proper sanitation as part of their duties.
Having struggled for so many years for access to water, the Bobiane community values this water point as a key resource for the community and is working together to ensure its upkeep.
Projects such as the Adventist church water point gift communities with the basic human right of access to clean, fresh water along with vital education about hygiene. This project has far reaching affects in terms of health, hygiene and basic human dignity as parents are now able to care for their children better.