right now we are concentrating on Boreholes – and you say what are Boreholes? – they are wells dug to provide clean water. They are not what you visualize as wells. Depending on the area – electricity – and accessibility for equipment to drill. There is a pre-entry list for the community to fill out. Some of the things on the list are the community must have a bank account of at least $35. Have a water committee, they are opinion leaders or people who have great respect from other community members. The water committee meet regularly to make sure the Borehole is functioning properly. 4 young men in the community will help to dig or drill the borehole so they will know how to do repairs in the future. The community will provide sand and gravel for the cement pad. the community will pick trainees to be taught sanitation who in return will teach the community. The sanatation trainer will teach about hand washing – clean water – what not to do near the borehole – there is a whole list that the community will be taught. Usually it will be women – they are responsible for the health of their family. This program is called ” PHAST” It is a world wide program. There are other items on the list but these are a few. These items and others must be in place to even be considered for a Borehole.
On Tuesday we went to evaluate already existing Boreholes – they were placed in 2006. The church was interested to see how they looked. Even though once the Borehole is open for a year they are turned over to the community and they are responsible for maintainance, we did evaluate. All the signs placed on the Boreholes saying “LDS Charities” were gone. Evidently they were stolen and sold. One of the Boreholes had a hugh sign placed on the storage tank said the government placed it. lots of graft in the government. But interesting the one the government took over does not meet standards by the church.
Everytime I turn on the water I think of the people that walk miles every day to get dirty water from a stream or river, just so they have water. What an eye opener…. Some pictures to follow….