For four years, the Austrian Red Cross has been working on the construction of water systems in East Timor. Only one-half of the households in this poorest country in Asia have access to clean drinking water. As a result, thousands of children die each year from water-related diseases such as diarrhea and cholera. Moreover, the time-consuming search for water often prevents children and young people from attending school on a regular basis. These new water systems and the parallel hygiene training programs will not only improve health standards, but also the quality of life in general.
The 1,5 million Euro project has been sponsored by Pipelife, the Europe Aid, the Austrian Development Agency and Vöslauer. With the financial support 38 villages in the areas Ermera, Liquica and Bobanaro will be provided with access to clean water until 2011. Additionally about 3.350 family-latrines will be established.
All actions are taking place with the integration of the inhabitants who are provided with the know-how and material by professionals. This integrated approach guarantees an entire involvement of the habitants who accomplish the building activities themselves and receive training on hygiene.
In total 12 gravity-water-systems will be build to channel the water from the origin to the villages in protected pipes. About 20.000 people will benefit from this program and will have access to the urgently required clean water.
Pipelife is proud to be part of such a fruitful strategic partnership with the Austrian Red Cross.
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