Sustainable Water Aid Solutions
Over 750 million people around the world don't have access to safe, clean water.
Around 4,000 children die every day because of the dirty, diseased water they have to drink.
Penny Appeal has identified many communities whose lives could be transformed through access to clean, safe water. We utilise a variety of resources to enable our teams to select the most appropriate and cost-effective water aid dependant on the specific needs of communities.
Thirst Relief is rapidly expanding, allowing us to pave the way for innovation in poverty relief to ensure it is comprehensive and effective. We currently run the following programmes:
Freedom from poverty
We have local teams on the ground in each of the countries where we install wells and our teams work on all aspects of the well installation, including carrying out a survey to locate the water source, liaising with locals to make sure it is a community-wide project and supporting the ongoing maintenance, and on average our wells last 10 years before maintenance is needed.
Penny Appeal installs wells according to where there is greatest need for clean, safe water. Our teams on the ground carefully select the location for each well based on their knowledge of the community and the geological survey they commission, to ensure there is an adequate safe water source below the ground.
A local well is empowering. It means people do not have to spend hours walking to collect water, freeing up more time to work, attend school or look after their families. A source of clean water is vital for people, their communities, and the wider economy by ensuring it's safe for communities to drink, wash, water crops and feed animals.
Water wells are a life-changing gift to those who benefit.
Which one is best?
There are two types of wells we install: ‘tube wells,’ and ‘deep water wells’.
In many countries, we install tube wells with a hand pump. These wells are suited to locations where water access can be found through a thinner hole, which can be drilled or dug in a small area and in a short period of time.
Tube wells make it easier to reach water that is deeper underground, and the hand pump eases the lifting of water through the tube.
Many communities prefer this type of well due to ease of use.
Deep Water Wells
Usually only provided in Africa, our deep water wells are wider and require a thicker concrete lining which is installed in segments, taking increased time and labour.
These wells cannot produce the required capillary effect and suction to lift water using hand pumps and thus require the traditional bucket and rope system. As such, we need to dig deeper to reach the water.
Water-scarce areas tend to be large, rural and less developed, so the logistics of getting the equipment and raw materials to these locations also adds to the complexity and cost of installation.
Both are life-changing to the community
In addition to the provision of water, Penny Appeal also runs initiatives to improve hygiene awareness in local communities.
We run Integrated Water Programmes, wherein along with the installation of water schemes and irrigation systems, we build the capacity of communities to better understand the critical roles that water plays in human development and survival.
This intervention improves the quality, reliability and coverage of water supply in desert areas whilst educating communities on the best ways of utilising the supply to improve health and well-being.
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