The city of Christchurch has made a massive commitment to Oxfam’s Water for Survival by aiming to raise $60,000 for the Bougainville programme. This is a significant target and will make an invaluable difference to access to safe water for 15 rural villages in Bougainville.
Currently most people in Bougainville live in rural areas and very few have a safe, secure water supply. Instead, many rely on streams that are contaminated with human and animal waste. This means that children suffer from water–borne diseases and cases of severe diarrhoea are common. Women walk long distances to collect water every day, sometimes two to three hours per day, which means they have little time and less energy for other income–generating activities.
The Christchurch Pledge is helping Oxfam to:
- Support community-led construction of gravity–fed water systems and water tanks.
- Raise community awareness of unsafe sanitary practices and train community members to build and use latrines.
- Build the capacity of communities and local organisations to manage and maintain facilities and improved hygiene practices.