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Pupils And The Entire Population Jubilate As Water Catchment Rehabilitation Project In Didango Yields Anticipated Results

Pupils and the entire population Jubilate As Water Catchment Rehabilitation Project In Didango Yields Anticipated Results:

It was on a glorious morning during a short break as pupils of “Ecole Publique de Didango” burst in joy as they experience the first flow of water from their school tap. None was left behind to witness and most importantly to have a taste of fresh and clean water flowing right in the school yard. These are rare irresisting spontaneous moments to witness the power of the saying: ‘Water is life.’ These pupils scrambled such that control to respect lines was a far fetched idea. Everyone of them wanted to be the first to carry water some water to drink.

Before the timely intervention of H4BF and RDF, there existed only a dilapidated tap structure in the school premises with total absence of water. This already dilapidated and blocked water structure that for years had not been able to provide portable water, has been dismantled and properly reconstructed inorder to enhance the constant flow of water in the school yard. Putting into consideration the carelessness and playful nature of children, the equipment used were expertly chosen to sustainably suit the environment.

The primary beneficiaries included, the lone health center, the primary school and the entire population of Didango for water was flowing in all the public taps and in private homes.

It should be recalled that in a bid to express support for this water initiative, the pupils of this primary school engaged in volunteer work by transporting construction materials from the village up across the steep and enclaved catchment sites. None was left behind than to see the success realization of the project in their locality.

This project is going to transform the lives of the population. Overall, the project will improve immensely the quality of life, increase life expectancy and reduced poverty through the following ways:
• Food Security will be assured since vegetables, fruits and other food crops will be cultivated for domestic consumption during dry season
• The general sanitation and hygienic conditions in the village will improve.
• Reduced incidence of water related diseases
• Improved health especially for the most vulnerable (children/mothers)
• Improved personal hygiene (frequent baths and clean clothes)

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