In remote regions of Indonesia more than one in ten people lack access to clean water
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 June, 2016 – In Sumbawa, home to world-class surf breaks Lakey Peak and Periscopes, SurfAid works in remote areas to bring clean water to villages. Clean water literally saves lives. Simple behaviour changes like hand washing can significantly reduce diarrhoea rates – one of the leading causes of death in children under 5.
SurfAid’s philosophy of a “hand up, not a hand out” means that we work alongside communities. Your donations provide technical expertise and materials like pipes that are not readily available locally. It is the village that provides the labour and other necessary materials like rocks and sand.
Meet Gafar, an active member of his village water committee in Ramu, Sumbawa. He was instrumental in leading his community’s water project. Together, they hand-dug the pipelines and installed more than 8 km of pipes in incredibly rough conditions.
On steep rocky hills accessible only by foot and in incredibly hot and humid temperatures, the villagers worked to carry heavy materials such as pipes and cement up the hill.
“There are some people who said the water would never come. ‘It’s impossible’, they said. But not a day passed that I did not work on the water project,” Gafar said, carrying a dream of clean water for his village that he would not let go of. He was a role model to his community, showing his peers how to combine daily work with daily contributions to the water project.
There are countless more people and communities that need the same type of ‘tools and training’ support in order to access basic necessities such as clean water, and to be empowered to help themselves.