Clean potable water for rural communities
The impact of IAS water intervention is great. 34,000 people have in 2014 got access to clean water through drilling of 64 successful boreholes and installation of 4 Solar driven Mini-Water Yards. The results are measured in the decrease of the prevalence of waterborne diseases, such as skin, eye and stomach diseases, including cholera.
Provision of water is one part of a comprehensive approach. In order to see a long lasting impact, IAS supports a Community-Led Total-Sanitation Programme (CLTS). In the 31 villages that were targeted in 2014, almost all households have dug their own latrine. The community defecation sites have been closed and the health standard for households has significantly been improved. 2014 saw a major influx of refugees from Sudan and Central African Republic arrive in Eastern Chad. IAS immediately responded by moving its drilling equipment to this area. In the Guera region, 200 women in 10 villages were assisted with microfinance projects.
The purpose was to create a sustainable income for these women in order to provide support to meet the basic needs of their families. In addition to training, sewing machines and garden tools were distributed. The women meetings have become a platform where ideas are shared. Social and economic issues have been discussed. Some of the women said: “We know we are having problems, but we didn’t know that we are the solution ourselves; our children used to get sick and die because of lack of money to buy medicines. We can now borrow money from the group and treat our children quickly”. Altogether IAS drilled a total of 64 boreholes; installed 4 solar driven Mini Water Yards and conducted CLTS in 31 villages.