The Water Sources program provides access to clean, potable water. Incredibly, 99% of new families in Tabitha’s Savings Program don’t have access to clean water.
Without a water well: If water can be found close to a village, it is typically in a stagnant pond or contaminated stream, and leads to skin rashes, eye infections, and dysentery. A safe water source, on average, is 2 miles from a village, and it is the children’s role to walk this distance and carry water home. This arduous daily task means there is no time for school. Without ready access to water, raising livestock or growing crops is impossible.
With a water well: Almost immediately, a safe and accessible water source improves health and creates income security. Families with accessible water can grow rice and vegetables throughout the dry season and can raise livestock nearly all year long. Having a water source, beyond providing food security, will triple a family’s income.
Families have found success with a variety of water sources:
WATER WELL ($150) – in or near a village, typically supports 5 families or approximately 40 people
FIELD WELL ($250) – in a field to grow crops, sometimes far from the village, typically supplies 2 families with irrigation to grow crops year-round
POND ($300) – in rocky land where wells do not yield good quality water, filled by seepage from the water table, provide water for households and irrigation
RESERVOIR ($500) – in areas without other sources of water, fill up in the wet season, provide drinking and household water during the dry season