The purpose of the Kantora Water Supply System Project is to increase the accessibility of water by adding five solar powered taps at strategic junctions in the village. Currently there is only one hand pump in the community, which serves nearly 195 people. This project aims to increase the volume of water available by installing a 415 meter pipeline system, tank, five taps, and solar panels. Once completed, this project will reduce the time women and girls spend at the pump every day fetching water, enable young girls to continue their education, and allow women to implement home gardens as water will be more readily available and in closer proximity to compounds. These home gardens will not only help improve household food security, but also increase the potential for women to engage in petty business by selling produce in local markets.
The project will also establish a reliable and consistent water operation system, including maintenance and management oversight as the sole hand pump currently breaks on average every two months. Additionally, by shifting the source of drinking water away from the pump and to the taps, the pump will then be used solely for small ruminants and cows to drink from, as community members and animals are currently drinking from the same place, potentially contributing to waterborne illnesses. Project activities will be completed with active participation by the Peace Corps Volunteer, Counterparts, Kantora Water Committee (BWC), Village Development Committee (VDC), and community members in the following activities: legally registering the BWC at the local and national level; implementing a monthly fund collection system for the maintenance and upkeep of the water system; digging trenches for the pipe network; a monetary contribution of 18,680 dalasis; training men and women on water hygiene, waterborne illnesses, and proper use and maintenance of the water system.
The main objectives of this project will be to reduce time spent fetching water, increase opportunities for girls to attend school, empower women to implement home gardens, increase household food security by improving accessibility and availability of nutritional foods from home gardens, enable women to conduct petty business, and potentially decrease incidences of waterborne illnesses by separating where humans and animals retrieve water from. The potential outcomes include: reduction in the time spent fetching water; an increase in daily attendance and retention of girls at the local lower and upper basic school; increase in the number of home gardens; improvement in health for all community members due to enhanced food security; more women actively doing petty business; and a reduction in the incidences of waterborne illnesses. The Community has raised 18,680 dalasis and will contribute labor.