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No more obstacles on the path to water sources

Day in and day out, after finishing her farm work, Ms. Y Chi (Dak Ro Ong commune, Tu Mo Rong district, Kon Tum province) carries her bucket to a well 300 meters away from her house, to get water for domestic use. This is the only well in the village where she lives, so she meets many villagers once she goes to get water. Standing around the well, they laugh and talk about their days.

Just one year ago, having a well in each village was once a luxurious fantasy of the locals here.

Living in a poor economic area, most of the people in Ms. Y Chi's village do not have local water sources and have to rely on natural water sources elsewhere. All of their bathing and washing activities take place in a stream 5-7 kilometers away from their village. Water used for drinking and cooking is also taken from here. Every day, women must get up early, carry a heavy bag on their shoulders, and take their kids to the stream to get water. They keep doing the same, 2-3 times a day, just to not get thirsty.

Ms. Y Chi on her way home after getting water from a well

Not only is it tough and inconvenient to collect water, drinking unhygienic water also exposes people to serious diseases such as diarrhea, scabies, leprosy, cancer, etc. Contributing factors to this are domestic trash and the increasing amount of pesticide residues.

Once the dry season comes, the water shortage here gets more serious, and Ms. Chi's path to getting water is more rough than ever. This year, though, is an exception. Since the Well project was implemented, the villagers' lives have been greatly improved. No longer having to travel miles to water sources, they now have clean water to use whenever they need it, any time of the day.

"I'm overjoyed. Since having a well right in my neighborhood, I no longer have to go far to get water. I have more time for my farm work and my children. My family finally got rid of stomach pain.," Mrs. Y Chi shared.

Water taken from the well is stored, so Ms. Y Chi's family can use it to drink and cook

People in villages that have drilled wells from the Well project, including Ms. Y Chi, are delighted. The wells have remarkably removed barriers to access to clean water, improving the health and living standards of people in Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

If you find the project meaningful, you can join us in replicating the well model to areas where people are still "thirsty" for clean water. For each donation from the community, ASIF funds the corresponding part, doubling the benefits for the disadvantaged.

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