We will Rehabilitate some of our wells
Provide pump and pipes for irrigation to service our Community Gardens
And provide pumps and water for play!!?
We will continue to plant trees
Why are we doing this?
East Timor is recognised by the United Nations,(reports as recent as 2014) as the poorest nation in Asia and, in fact, amongst the poorest globally as highlighted by the following statistics:
- 46% children under 5 are malnourished
- 13% of children die before their 5th birthday
- 60% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water
- 84% of the population does not have adequate sanitation
- 50% of the population is under 20 years of age.
One of the major problems affecting the health and well-being of the people of Oecusse is the lack of potable water. Water borne diseases such as gastro-enteritis, diarrhoea and dysentery are endemic throughout the enclave. OzGREEN has been testing water sources since 2001 and, in that time has found:
- 95% of water sources do not comply with World Health Organisation standards for portable water.
- Water security is threatened by deforestation in catchments and faecal contamination of village water supplies. Water sources must be protected and villagers educated about the links between polluted water and disease.
- Water security is a key climate change adaptation risk in Oecusse as is the fragile community capacity for maintaining lasting sustainable outcomes for development
“Now our water looks better, it tastes better, our children are not as sick and the rice tastes better.”
We have been told by the villagers we work with
Bio Filtration Unit