AW visits Ban Sor school with partner DIC.
Before I had a water filter my family sometimes drunk water from the tap and sometimes my family was coughing and had diarrhoea. But now, my family has been using a filter for the last three months and I can save money and I don’t need to buy water. I just fill water into the filter pot and then we have plenty of clean water available for our family. Water that we drink from the water filter hasn’t made us sick or coughing, so it’s good for our health.
Atauro Island is a 2-hour boat journey from Dili, Timor-Leste’s capital. It is small, only slightly larger than Phillip Island in Melbourne, and home to about 10,000 people. The island is characterised by a mountainous landscape and a distinct lack of fresh-water rivers or lakes. Community water sources are mostly supplied through fresh-water springs and intermittent rain events and are often poor quality.
To date, Abundant Water has distributed 186 filters to vendors, schools and our partner organisation, Fokupers. Our first vendor training session has also been conducted, equipping selected candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to market and sell filters in their respective communities. Impacts have so far been felt in households and schools that purchased these initial sets, with a reliable supply of clean drinking water while vendors have already begun to see financial returns on initial filter purchases and will be able to use these sales as the beginning of ongoing distribution plan.
Abundant Water has taken a big step forward in its Friendship Grant funded project with its water filters arriving on the ground in Dili. This positive milestone comes as our on the ground Program Supervisor Tom O’Malley has continued engagement with local leaders and community groups.
Abundant Water has been proudly progressing programs in Laos funded through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Direct Aid Program. The Direct Aid Program is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget.