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MYANMAR WATER CHALLENGE

By Tony Naake

For the Anglican Board of Mission’s ‘Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project’ in Myanmar, I have set myself a challenge - to raise $50,000!

Many villages in Myanmar do not have access to clean water due to contamination of rivers and existing wells drying up during summer. 

Consequently, women and children can spend hours in the hot weather every day walking long distances to collect water for their villages.

I recently visited Myanmar with ABM, who currently have several development projects there. I saw first hand the lack of access to clean drinking water and the serious implications for people’s health, such as water-borne disease.

This project is to support healthy potable drinking water to Oun Tee Wa village. The water source will be taken from the mountain 2.4 miles (12800 ft) from the village and will be piped into the village by using plastic PVC Pipes. 2 cisterns (one in the village, one will be where water resources was taken) will be built.

Men, women and children help carry PVC pipes for the construction of their water system in Yung Let WA Village. The pipes will bring water to the village from the mountain 2.4 miles away.
Men, women and children help carry PVC pipes for the construction of their water system in Yung Let WA Village. The pipes will bring water to the village from the mountain 2.4 miles away.

Oun Tee Wa villagers are using water from the stream of Kalet Chaung, which is muddy during monsoon and also dirty in summer. Many diseases are caused by unclean water such as cholera and diarrhoea, which occur even when people are using boiled water for drinking. Kalet Chaung stream is 25 minutes walk from the village. The villagers need potable drinking water and this project will solve their issues. There are 43 families, 77 children (35 male, 42 female), 160 adult (84 male, 76 female) in Oun Tee Wa Village. 

In 2020, ABM aims to supply clean drinking water to a total of 2,750 people in 8 villages. Seminars will also be conducted to cover important topics such as hygiene and sanitation, environmental awareness, safe agricultural practices and women’s empowerment.

  • Training workshops, typically conducted in the local church, cost $60, to train 20 people in 4 different topics: personal hygiene and sanitation, gender and environmental awareness, and agriculture.
  • $100 buys 2 basic fly-proof latrines.
    $500 funds the fee of a professional water technician.
  • Construction of a tube well, which provides water for up to 225 people, costs $2,750.

One very important factor to me about ABM’s work here is that the benefits go to everyone, any religion and even the non-believers!

A small donation from Australia goes a long way to these villages in Myanmar. They are very resourceful people who work hard and nothing much goes to waste.

Children carrying water jars and waiting their turn at the communal tap, after ABM’s water system was installed in Yung Let Wa village.
Children carrying water jars and waiting their turn at the communal tap, after ABM’s water system was installed in Yung Let Wa village. 

With your generosity in supporting the ‘Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project’, together we can ensure people in Myanmar villages gain access to clean water and learn about good hygiene and safe sanitation. 

So please join ABM and myself in reaching our goal of $50,000.

 

1st - 14th February 2020 I traveled with ABM on an organised trip to Myanmar to see various projects including Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene……and of course some amazing culture! If you belong to a group, society or an organisation that you think may be able to help my challenge I am very willing to visit, show a presentation and answer any questions, please contact Wilnor Flores wilnor.flores@abmission.org.au

The Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project is tax-deductible.

HOW TO DONATE

 

Donate now to this projectOnline: You can make an online donation to the Myanmar Water Challenge. Click on the DONATE NOW button. 

Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia) together with the appeal/project name and send it to:

Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663

Emailinfo@abmission.org.au

Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.

 


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