10 boreholes litter the village. No clean water anywhere

If you have worked with a development project (government or NGO), you may know this drill: Step 1) Identify a simple community problem. For example lack of clean water Step 2) Budget healthily for a simple solution to the problem. For example; digging boreholes Step 3) Implement and tick that box off Step 4) Congratulate yourself in a verbose and high sounding annual impact report. Step 5) Repeat all steps above in subsequent years while ignoring the oddity that the same community still has the same problem regardless of the number of times you have solved it with this same solution.

Well, Amejea village in Kumi would make quite the case study for the above drill. “We are indeed very happy that the government drills at least one borehole each year here in our village. But not even a drip of water comes from them!” says Akol Kingmane, a local. He goes on to reveal that government has drilled ten boreholes in Amejeia village but none of these is working. “Our local council members know about it but have never come out to tell us why; never!” he goes on.

The community has had to turn to to other means of securing some water. members came up. “We, the village members began digging shallow wells but this has increased typhoid in the community,” says Akol. Two to three cases of typhoid are now reported each week, according to Akol. Although there is a test laboratory in the area and patients are able to receive treatment from a nearby clinic that too isn’t much of a silver lining. “Good enough there’s a clinic but it is also not that good because there’s limited space.” Akol laments.

Meanwhile, residents of nearby Ongino, Atutur, Mukonguro and Nyero sub counties continue to report through NewsHapa that their communities don’t even have any boreholes to lament about.

- May 1, 2014
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