Clean Water in the Central African Republic
A very important project that is getting attention in the Central African Republic is clean water filtration. ELCA Missionary Joe Troester, working in collaboration with the Lutheran Water Management Project, is bringing clean water to thousands of people.
Spring boxes are one of the most cost-effective ways to increase access to potable water. Each spring box costs approximately US$2,000 to construct and may serve a village of up to 2,000 people. Once built, spring boxes require very little or no maintenance and usually last for decades. Now, instead of muddy, parasite- and bacteria-infested water, villagers can collect clean spring water, piped directly from the source, and protected by a cement wall and basin, making it easy to collect the water in a sanitary way.
ELCA Video: DIKO Marie’s Story (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Jj0shQtQxgY&feature=BFa&list=PL86D4914EF787269F)
ELCA Handout: Springs & Spring Boxes
Once the spring box is in place, PASE (the French acronym for Lutheran Water Management Project) also trains people in proper hygiene, such as hand washing, to avoid water-borne diseases.
If you would like to be a part of this life-giving project, contributions marked for “C.A.R. Clean Water” can be sent to LPGM. All amounts are appreciated.
Joe’s Blog: African Water Log (http://africanwaterlog NULL.blogspot NULL.com)
Updated November 28, 2012