There are many villages in Mali, which do not have access to clean drinking water. The residents are dependent on unfiltered water out of simple wells. This water is often contaminated with bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, which causes many serious and contagious diseases. The villagers are thus constantly exposed to a high health risk. Children under 5 years, particularly, are often victims of deadly diseases. Due to the fact, that the majority of the Malian population does not have an insurance and the villagers mostly have a meagre income, only a few can afford medications, hospital and doctors' fees, in case of illness. Additionally, the bad weather conditions in villages cause a massive emigration to the cities, which is the cause for overpopulation and increase of the unemployment rate. A construction of well systems with filter, would significantly increase the living conditions of the villagers. Clean drinking water would effectively prevent the spreading of diseases and epidemics and would protect the lives of many people in a sustainable way.


Cooperation

The requests, for clean drinking water, come directly from the villages and are passed on to our partner Paul Traore. Paul, who is in regular contact with several village communities, verifies the shortcomings and attempts to estimate where help is urgently needed. As soon as the required datas are transmitted and a project is set, the exact position of the well is chosen by the representatives of the village communities and the project course is discussed. The construction work is executed by a local company, whereby we can also support the local economy.


Maintenance

After the completion of the constructions, the well is „handed over“ to the village community. Responsible persons are determined, whose tasks are to care for the maintenance of the wells. Each family contributes approx. 1 Euro a month, which is collected and administrated by the „well responsibles“. In case of defects of the well system, the collected money can be spent for repair costs. By this, the village community has the possibility of independently taking care of the maintenance of the well in a long-term way.


Project of a well in Mounzoun
Mounzoun is part of the community of Mountougoula, which lies approx. 30 kilometers away from the capital city Bamako. The village has approx. 2000 residents, whose livelihood constitutes of farming. Depending on the seasons corn, millet and peanuts are grown.

So far the villagers had been dependent on unfiltered groundwater out of simple wells. As a result, the people, especially children, were constantly put under high health risks.

With the support of „RED CHAIRity – XXXLutz“ we have succeeded in realizing a well-system with a filter, as well as a protective wall against the weather conditions and thus increasing the living conditions in Mounzoun.

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Construction of a well with a waterpump in the village of Goro
Goro is a Bambara-village with approx. 2000 residents, which lies 40 Minutes (car ride) in the west from Bamako. All around the village there are fields, on which corn, peanuts, millet and other vegetables are grown depending of the seasons. This kind of farming is the livelihood of the villagers. The occurrence of floods or droughts can have a big impact on the living conditions in the village.

With the support of „Wasser für die Welt“ a well system with a waterpump and a protective wall, against the weather conditions, was constructed. So far the unfiltered water was obtained with major physical efforts and was used for drinking, cooking and cleaning. It was the cause for many dangerous diseases, such as typhus. Although the completion of the well system was delayed due to the weather, the joy of the villagers and other participants was all the bigger after the completion of the project. A celebration was held, where even the mayor of the region and the Malian TV attended.

Repair of the well in the village of Dara
By repairing the highly damaged waterpump, the villagers have access to filtered, clean drinking water again. Before doing so, water was obtained with buckets out of burrows.

The completion of this well system occured before the official existence of the association and was one of the motivating reasons to found SABALI.

Waterholes in the village of Dara
The village of Dara mainly subsists on the growing of corn. There are big cornfields all around the village which, however, can only be cultivated during the raining season. During the dry season (approx. ¾ of the year) the fields could not be used, since there wasn't enough water available for farming. It was for this reason why 2 deep holes, which reach to the groundwater, were dug. Now there is enough access to water for growing vegetables, i.e onions and tomatoes, during the dry season. These can be sold on the market and hence secure the livelihoods of many.