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Jan 2009

Well Digging

The well at our Windy Jammy site has transformed the lives of the 1000-strong Windy Jammy livestock-herding community. Much less time is now taken up fetching and carrying water from temporary wells some 8 kilometres distant. This means men can devote more time to looking after their animals and the women also have more time for other activities. One of these is the development of small vegetable plots near to the well, which improves family nutrition and can provide a small income for the women when the produce is sold at market. Other benefits are improved health due to improved water quality and the hygiene training the community were given as part of the well digging project, and the establishment of a well management committee which has led to a greater sense of cooperation and self-organisation amongst community members. We are currently researching the digging of a further five wells.

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