Sumba located in Nusa Tengarra Timor is one of the poorest islands in Indonesia. The problems that the people of Sumba face have lead to an unending cycle of poverty that has not improved in over twenty years except in small enclaves.
The key to breaking this cycle is water. For many people the day revolves around obtaining enough water to survive, and starts with a walk of up to 5 Kms to fill one bucket and then walk back. This is a daily routine during the dry season and even in the wet there are no effective systems to store water. The compound effect of this lack of water leads to serious health issues and also to malnutrition.
Public works employees have confirmed that currently there are no plans for water supply construction in Sumba, leaving the Sumbanese people with little hope of life styles improvement.
Surveys of schools and clinics in the area found that over 90% did not have running water, nor a water source nearby. None had functioning toilets. As a result, hygienic conditions are extremely poor, rivers are contaminated by cattle, and are an ideal breeding ground for disease.
Easy accessible supplies of water will lead to vast improvements in the locals lives. So MUM is seeking to establish many wells on the island. These wells will be sustainable and finished at cost per well of approx $ 1200 USD, this can change the way a community functions as they will have the basic need of water at their disposal. This will allow for village development and planning from the bottom upwards, with the villagers giving their vision for change and improvements.
MUM has agreed to mentor the villagers and then work with them to create adjacent to the wells, fruit and vegetable gardens alongside the program for community development. The villagers agree to create these gardens without any financial support, apart from cost of seeds, from MUM and also to build by themselves fences to protect the wells and also the gardens from animals and straying children.
Virtually all the diggers have one or more children at the Jodie O'Shea orphanage in Denpasar so these childrenï¿½s parents are able to benefit by earning money from this project. Relationships between the villagers and the Orphanage, and therefore by association, also with MUM, can in this way be strengthened!
If you would like to help please donate to the main MUM bank account and mark your donation : Sumba Well Project