Improving Water Security By Increasing the Financial Management Capacity of Women in Leadership

  • Water & Sanitation
  • Togo
This project is led by Haley Thomas, a Volunteer from Tennessee

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Local Togolese man tests the water for contamination.
Local Togolese testing the water

Water is essential to life, and access to clean water is a basic human right; however, many people still lack consistent access to potable water. Certain waterborne illnesses, such as giardia and cholera, cause severe diarrhea, dehydration and, if untreated, death. According to the Country Statistics and Global Health Estimates by WHO and UN Partners, diarrheal disease is the 4th leading cause of death in Togo and is responsible for 9% of deaths of children under 5. In the Bassar Togo, 10,000 individuals in six rural, agrarian villages are currently consuming surface water due to the lack of functioning pumps. Through intensive water quality testing, it was determined that the water being ingested in all six villages is unsuitable for consumption, notably due to the presence of coliforms and E. coli, indicating fecal contamination and other harmful pathogens that lead to gastrointestinal illnesses and diarrhea. The pumps in these villages have been broken anywhere from two to seven years, continually perpetuating the prevalence of negative health outcomes for these target populations. Community pumps often fall into disrepair due to incorrect management of water sales revenue and insufficient knowledge of record-keeping within village groups. This project aims to rehabilitate the existing pumps while educating community members on the use and maintenance of pump mechanics to ensure consistent access to uncompromised groundwater. It also aims to educate water committees on financial literacy, bookkeeping, and forming partnerships with financial structures to secure village funds. If project outcomes are achieved and village committees develop the independence, autonomy, and technical knowledge to manage their finances for water-availability issues, future mechanical breakdowns of the pumps can be immediately repaired with internal funding, improving the overall water security of the target populations and decreasing the prevalence of waterborne illnesses and childhood mortality.

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