August 6, 2014
There is a bevy of activity at the Kalebuka village well. Noella Coursaris Musunka, founder of Georges Malaika Foundation, our implementing partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sent us two photos of women at the well earlier this week. The well, which was completed in August 2011, was funded by our Give A Drop partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite. Three years later, the well continues to function, and the community continues to benefit from access to clean water. The DRC straddles the equator; south of the Equator, where Kalebuka is located, there is a rainy season from November to March, and a dry season from April to October. During the dry season, when there are no other sources of water, the community relies on well water not only for drinking, cooking, and bathing, but also for activities like washing clothes, watering livestock, irrigating small gardens, and even construction. Women collect more water more frequently.
The Kalebuka village well is our second well in the DR Congo; our first was funded by our Women Helping Women campaign in 2010 to provide access to clean water to the Georges Malaika School for Girls. We are grateful to Noella, and all our partners who send us regular updates on our projects. We want to know what happens to our water points and the people and communities we work with. Even the most informal updates like a photo, an e-mail, or a conversation, keep us informed and allow us to follow up on our projects for years after implementation. With our partners’ help we are able to see the ripple effect of clean water – and of our supporters’ contributions!