Clean water is a basic human right. Here at WEFA, we aim to provide a minimum of 10 boreholes to the villages of the Lupane district of Northern Zimbabwe.
Clean Drinking Water:
WEFA’s main goal is to dig 10 boreholes in villages in the Lupane district. A borehole is a deep vertical hole of small diameter drilled into the earth to obtain water. The average depth a borehole requires to reach water is between 60m to 80m. If needed, drilling can go much shallower or deeper depending on the results.
Locals who live in the villages around Lupane currently have no access to clean running water. The water situation in Zimbabwe leaves millions at risk of waterborne diseases. Thousands of people in the Lupane District are at risk of dehydration, diarrhea, and typhoid.
By providing a borehole to a rural village, WEFA will provide a cleaner and safer alternative to the stagnant drinking water that is used by locals at the moment. This stagnant water has been sitting in puddles, lakes, or dams for a long time and has accumulated many diseases and infections and is one of the main causes of the illnesses suffered by people in the Lupane ditrict.
Providing boreholes also means that people will no longer have to walk for miles and hours to reach a well or a bore hole in a neighbouring village.
With the boreholes, WEFA will also be providing water education projects which aim to educate locals as to the dangers of using stagnant water as well as ways to disinfect and clean their water which can cost as little as one dollar for 100 gallons of water.
Six out of the past 7 years, Zimbabwe has experienced drought. When the rains don’t come, crops die in the field. When crops die, people die. Drilling a borehole allows communities to water their crops, and feed their families.
This is a photo of the community garden in Bhomela, taken in August 2014.
And this is a photo of the same garden, taken in November 2015, just 5 months after installing a borehole.
Water gives life.
As you can imagine it is not cheap to undertake such an extensive activity. To dig one bore hole it costs approximately US$10,000. This includes paying the engineer who identifies suitable locations to drill, the drillers and their equipment, and the price of the well mechanism.
Drilling begins, Bhomela, Zimbabwe 2015
(We struck water at 40m depth, but drilled to 60m to ensure the purity of the water)