Friday, 5 April 2013

World Water Day in Bulud Batu

On the 22nd March 2013, Alpha 2 celebrated World Water Day in Kampung Bulud Batu, Montuyon. For many of us this year was the first time we’d celebrated World Water Day but had the opportunity to mark the occasion in a very special way.

A team of Venturers lead by 3 VMs have been working for the last 5 weeks on constructing a gravity water feed. The project will supply much needed clean running water to 150 people. All 150 people in the village currently rely on rain water and collection and a small tap installed by the head lady herself.

The theme for this year’s World Water Day is water cooperation. By this we mean the cooperation between everyone involved in water management at a local and international scale. For example, bringing water from a river to irrigate farmland requires regional cooperation. Additionally, rivers cross political boundaries and so international cooperation is needed to support everyone’s needs, claims and cultures. Consequently, if any of the people involved in water management do not cooperate, the ‘cooperation chain’ is broken and water resources may not be managed efficiently, causing lives and economies to suffer.

When water resources are cooperatively shared and managed, peace, prosperity and sustainable development are more likely to be achieved. As such, this year’s theme is particularly meaningful to those of us in Kampung Bulud Batu Montuyon as we have been working collaboratively with the villagers throughout the gravity water feed project.

We are currently about half way through the project and have constructed a weir at the water source, installed four header tanks and laid about half of the pipe network (1250m). Although the system is not yet connected, we decided to mark the day with a ceremony at the weir.

The Raleigh team gathered with the villagers for a ceremony which included speeches from the VMs introducing this year’s theme; followed by the Venturers’ reflections and experiences of working and living in village. Finally, the head lady, Aunty Rodiah spoke about the importance of our presence and the life changing impact of the gravity water feed on those in the village. It was an extremely emotionally charged speech particularly as we had all spent the morning distributing the pipe outside her house. For all of us, seeing her reaction to the pipe going into place really brought to life the significance of the project.

Following the speeches, the weir was opened. A ribbon was cut and the divert that had been diverting the water away so that we could construct the weir was removed allowing water to build up for the first time. Although there is still a lot to do before we are able to turn on all 17 taps, it was a hugely significant milestone which means we are on our way to providing the village with the water they have waited so long for.

Facts and figures

  • 85% of the world’s population live in the driest half of the planet.
  • 783 million people do not have access to clean water.
  • Almost 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. 
  • Most population growth will occur in developing countries increasing the pressure on areas that already have limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
  • Almost two in three people do not have access to safe drinking water
  • One in three people survive on less than $1 a day.
  • Without an immediate acceleration in progress, the world will not achieve even half the Millennium Development Goal target for sanitation by 2015.
  • Up to 90% of waste water in developing countries flows untreated into rivers, lakes and coastal zones. This threatens health, food security and access to safe drinking and bathing water. 
  • Over 80% of sewage worldwide is not collected or treated.
  • 1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea related diseases. 
  • Child mortality can be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. 
With Phase 3 now underway, the Alpha 2 team are working towards connecting the full pipe network and installing all 17 taps.

For everyone who has worked in or been to visit this very special village, this year’s World Water Day has made a huge impression as one that will stay with us all for many more World Water Days to come.


Nana Sedman said...

Alex Williams Alpha 5
Hi Alex - We sent you a message a few days ago but it hasn't appeared so we are trying again. We hope all is going well with your new project and that you are enjoying yourself. Life here is as usual - Mum and I went to town this morning - you'll be pleased to know that Mum bought another candle holder so that's added another five minutes to the lighting session. We went for coffee at the Gallery, shopped at M&S then on to the Supermarket shop - what a dull way to spend a day! It was lovely to speak to you last weekend-we always think of something to ask you after you've gone! We notice that you have lost weight but hope this hasn't stopped you from getting the work done. It is so cold here, the sun is shining but the wind is bitter - Well that's all from me for now, so take care and enjoy every minute of your time in Borneo - Grandad and I are missing you - love you lots Nana xxx

Jane Wodcke said...

Wow Mitch it sounds as if you have been involved in something very special for your phase 2, something never to be forgotten! Lovely to see some photos with you in and not hiding at the back! I know you will be really sad to leave but we are all looking forward to seeing you, Love from Mum and Dad, Tom and Lauren x

For Mitchell Wodcke Alpha 7

Anonymous said...

For Jake Bunday - ALPHA 7

Hi darling
great to talk to you the other night - glad you are keeping busy whilst the others dive - bet your tan is not as good as mine - or Helen's and needless to say, Dad is a pretty good colour too!!!!! Enjoy your trek, take loads of photos and keep up with the boxing. Let me know asap the details of the possible trip to Thailand and i'll see what we can do with regards to flights - no promises tho, it might not be possible this time. Take care, keep enjoying yourself - speak soon. Love you lots M&D (H & M send their love too!!!) - PS we are in an internet cafe (check me out??) on the beach!!!!


Hatty Lord alpha 5

HEY HATTSTER its geo ames bisson and joe here.. last night was my last night with everyone so i had a little meal for us all. we had stew and dumplings then crumble! you were missed! i leave tomorrow to go to thailand EEEK so scary! amy now.. hello mare, its so nice being home and not back at uni long when i eventually go back! The house is v v cold after half of it was knocked down, hope it gets finished soon! but I think you'll be back just before so you can help out!! hehe Likeee seeing all your photos a lot and hope you enjoy the last phase of your journey lil mare... joe and biss say 'alright.. hope you're having a great time bla bla bla see you when you're back end of'. hugs and kisses love you sissy xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

To Charlie Auterac

Hi Tiggie did leave a message for you but not sure if you got it. It wasjust to say I have changed yuor flight. The flight from Kuala Lumpar is now on 2 May at 23.40. I have posted you details of this so look out for them.
Been at chalet for last week, loads of snow and some sun. Hope you are enjoying things, Sarries have a big game today v Ulster in Heineken cup. Tiggie and couple of friends are using Nick's tickets.
Canyou try and let me know when you get this message, I don't want you to miss your flight home!!

Loads of Love xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

TO Alpha 1 - Duco - Kindergarten

Lieve Duco, wat zie erg stralend, en ook lekker volledig afgeknipt. Over drie weken ben je al weer hier, wat gaat de tijd snel. De jongens en meisjes van je nieuwe groep zien er ook weer alsof ze er veel zin in hebben.
Nicolle wacht met spanning op je, want ze heeft genoeg werk te doen, je gaat je niet vervelen hier in Balikpapan. Tot over 19 dagen in Singapore, ik kom je ophalen op het vliegveld. Liefs Lo