World Water Week: Stories from the field, part 1
This week we are celebrating World Water Week, which has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. Since 2000, the EU has been committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The EU actions have impact on the ground and make the difference for people in different places on the planet.
Everyday this week we will demonstrate a story from the field. Today, take a look on our project in Senegal.
Providing access to drinking water to rural communities in Senegal
The rural community of Coubalan in the Senegal has one of the lowest levels of safe drinking water and sanitation in the country. In order to address this situation, a project was set up to connect three hydraudalic systems to five wells, to provide access to more drinking water. 923 latrines were established in 13 rural villages, and in parallel, two campaigns were carried out in village schools, to help raise awareness of the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
In total this project (which has been funded by the European Commission, through the African Caribbean and Pacific Water Facility, and other Commission partners) has helped over 17,324 inhabitants, and provided access to water and sanitation in 13 villages.