In 2012 a landslide damaged a community well in Noemuke village in West Timor, forcing people to get their water from a river more than ½ mile away from the village. The river is used for washing clothes and bathing, but also for defecating, so it is harmful to everyone’s health, especially children’s.
Five years on, finally, with support from the Timor Zero Hunger project, which focused on water and sanitation as well as nutrition, the community rehabilitated the well, first clearing rubble and debris to a depth of 72 feet. With advice and material support from the CWS team, community members then cast concrete rings to line the well and prevent another collapse in the future. The well is also covered now to protect the water from contamination. “Our well has never run dry, even during the dry season. [So, it is good that] together with CWS we have been able to restore it. We are grateful because now 18 families no longer have to collect and use unsafe water from the river,” said Musa Taneo, a community leader.
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