Along the main dirt road from
Last week, PASE began construction of a spring box in Yongmondere and finished the work in less than a week. The work went faster than expected partly because the women of the village helped by carrying the sand and rocks to the spring on their heads. The villagers are very pleased with the results. The concrete slab and pipe make it is much easier and cleaner for them to fill their buckets. Managing the spring increased the available flow to over 8 gallons per minute. This means they can now fill a 5 gallon bucket in less than a minute.
Sustainable development projects such as this–the spring box has no moving parts and will require no repairs perhaps for decades–help improve the lives and the health of villagers for years to come. For only $5 per person, the village has a sustainable supply of potable water for the foreseeable future.
The advance team from PASE has now left to begin work on two springs near Bohong, located in northwestern CAR where many internally displaced persons and returned refugees have settled, after the violence and insecurity of the past several years seems to be over. Bohong is about 4 hours northeast of our office, so logistics are a bit more complicated as cement and wood for formwork are not locally available.
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Photo: Woman and her daughter collecting water from newly constructed spring box in
Joe and Deborah Troester are ELCA missionaries in Baboua, the