News From IBU Foundation: Water for Better Life and Health - Helping Communities in Three Hamlets of Sinaka, Mentawai, West Sumatra - Indonesia

Posted by Shofi Fida Thursday, October 27, 2011 0 comments
by IBU Foundation on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:18pm

After IBU Foundation finished with its previous project at Kinumbuk hamlet, in South Pagai Island of Mentawai on July 2011; IBU's Mentawai Team continue another water and sanitation program at three hamlets in Sinaka Village which is still located in the same island. At this time, we are entering a third month of our community-based program in Kosai Baru, Mangka Baga and Bungo Rayo hamlet, promoting hygiene among the community members.  As a result, the community from two out of three hamlets have increase knowledge, attitude and practice towards appropriate hygienic practices. Hopefully, the third hamlet will follow shortly.

"we just know the dangers of open defecation, maybe this was the one which had caused outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in our hamlet"The communities have committed to establish their own social contract to free their hamlets' environment from open defecation. All households reside in these two hamlets have now established their household latrines, a simple one built by their own, but have significantly change their environment into free from open defecation status. Cleaner and healthier. However, some constraints appeared where there are no adequate access for water, especially in water distribution. Most of people still need to carry the water from the nearest source for their household needs including for their latrines need. 

A Lady from Kosai Baru with her new established household toilet
15 households in Kosai Baru hamlet and 27 in Mangka Baga have came up with their ideas to build water tank closer to their neighborhood. Bungo Rayo has larger areas and population, 94 households.This last hamlet also facing problem with clean water facilities even though their hamlet resides near wide river. There is adequate facilities, such as water tank or piping system, while their wells contain poor quality of water for consumption.

IBU Foundation has provided capacity building program for the local cadres as agent for behavior changes related to environmental health and hygiene. However, the communities' needs has grown, correlates positively with their knowledge improvement. They want to build facilities for clean water distribution in each of their hamlet. The enthusiasm is so high. Some community members would like and some even already contributed as much as their maximum range of their ability to provide required materials to build these clean water facilities. But yet, they still need to hold their plan because what they commited isn't enough for them to start the construction at this moment. The communities face some problems considering the fact that their hamlets located in remote areas. Which in my opinion, only Peter Pan can go back and forth to this faraway land without complaining. The unfriendly weather, expensive and lack of fuel supply, limited to no access for communication, and so on.

Therefore, IBU Foundation would like to continue to support these communities involving everyone of you. Can we do something about it? A little help from everyone will meant a lot for them. It could change and make a difference to their quality of life. Shall we then?


HOW? You named it and IBU Foundation will do its best to organize and deliver it to these communities.
You can give a donation today through our public fundraising account provided below. All donation arrived through this account starting today to November 30, 2011, will go straight to Sinaka Water for Better Life and Health Project.

So let's start making the difference from today!

IBU Foundation Account for Fundraising:

Account Name        : YAYASAN IBU
Bank Name            : Bank Mandiri Cabang RSHS Bandung
Account Number    : 132.00.778877.85
SWIFT Code          : BMRIIDJA


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