Water Pumps in Mali Provide Good Health for Young Children, Hope for Mothers
Sata Samake, the mother of 7-month-old twins in the Kangole village of Mali, is thankful that her children are in good health.
A new hand water pump was recently installed in her village, and now her children are not forced to drink unclean water drawn from rivers and open wells.
"Diseases and ill health seem to have disappeared since we have clean drinking water now at our disposal,” she said.
The populations of Kangole rallied to build a partnership with Plan International. Organized by water management committees and mentored by the local NGO Avenir Enfance Sahel (AVES), they built two water pumps in the village.
The project is part of a larger initiative undertaken by Plan that will include construction of 30 manual water pumps and rehabilitation of 12 others in 45 villages, benefiting about 1,200 people.
In Kangole, Sata’s twins Hawa and Adama are full of energy and happiness. The villagers have seen a huge difference. Not only have water-borne diseases disappeared, but the village is now safe from the previous high rate of infant mortality.
Mothers like Sata are now involved in committees to support the management of water points.
The difference in Kangole today is an example for other neighboring communities where hygiene conditions still need to be improved.