Timor Leste Project
The Timor L’Este project in Hatu Balico, Ainaro province was identified as an area of very poor hygiene resulting in stunting, infant mortality and malnutrition caused by diarrhoea from unsafe, unreliable water. Plan Timor L’Este has assessed this project for Ainaro Province rating it of highest priority in order for them to achieve “hygienic“ status.
Hatu Balico sits amongst the highest peaks of central Timor L’Este where the geography, climate and poor road conditions make it extremely difficult to implement infrastructure projects.
An old, dysfunctional and inadequate water system to three villages is now being replaced, repaired and extended to provide the three Hatu Balico villages with a clean, reliable water supply. Considerable consultation has taken place with the local water authorities, tribal elders and the women who are responsible for collecting the water to ensure the new water system is viable for all the villages. Not only are we replacing the water systems but we are adding hand washing stations to schools.
In addition, each village will have a committee responsible for the maintenance of the water system. The villagers will be given the training and tools for maintenance and will be supported by the local authorities and Plan Timor L’Este who will continue to work in this area for a considerable time after project completion.
For further information about this project, please contact Jenny Fox at 0411 108 248.
Clean Water at Last
After a significant weather delay, we have now provided reliable, safer and more accessible water to three villages in Hatu Balico in the highlands of Timor L’Este. This project will provide the basis for further projects and education in hygiene by Plan International in this area. Well done to all the Clubs that supported this project. You have changed lives.