During a phone conversation with Séraphin Guigma, the pastor of the protestant parish of Bouassa, our local friend and partner with these projects, he recently explained a problem that he has been facing, and consequently, we too are now facing. In fact, we are somehow a victim of our success in the village! Let me explain.
As you know we started a pigsty project a few months ago. Despite the fact that it slowed down considerably since a bad tornado ripped through the town during the last rainy season. The building we started is still standing and somehow word gets around that we were planning to put a water well next to the pigsty, like the one we inaugurated in 2015 in the Kougpelin district. This created a migration in what was, still a few months, a new, relatively uninhabited neighborhood. Today, Séraphin explained that since there is no official land-use plan, many buildings have emerged, in total anarchy and sometimes right on the very path that leads to pigsty! The idea of having water within a few steps outweighed any olfactory issues of having a pig farm right on their front porch …!
So, what do we do now? This is the most important question. We’re wonder if we will not have to completely revise our project, move the pigsty somewhere further from the village and use the building that is being built and that is already well underway for another purpose. Among other ideas would be to use it to accommodate street children. But that involves a completely different organization and a completely different budget! Having said all of that, we intend that one of us go on site to study the situation and, if possible, find solutions. This is all the more relevant as the foundation that we were talking about in a previous article, is progressing well and the mobilization of funds have begun in recent days.
In any case, we will not give up because we believe that …
ONE WELL PER VILLAGE:
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- Promote access to waterfor the local population
- Help familiesand children in distress
- Develop economic activitiesin line with access to water
- Participate actively in the city’s “Community Development Plan”
- Raise awarenessin economic management of water and sanitation
- Accompany childrenfor better personal hygiene, reducing sickness