Clean Water – Sragen
Yesterday, we went to the village of Gemantar in the Sragen district (about an hour and a half from Solo) to follow up a project that was proposed almost a year ago. Gemantar had a well, but it was not deep enough, so the pump failed. So now, during the dry season (April through September) the village has to buy 3-4 trucks of water every day, and the villagers have to bring their bottles to buy water. During the wet season, they collect the rain water. So what they would like is a new well and tanks, with piping laid to each home within the village. We were there to collect more information so the project request can be submitted by the water specialist in Salt Lake.
We spend a couple hours gathering information needed by the specialist and asking questions. It’s imperative that the village picks up the ball after the initial work is done, so the project can be self sustaining. The village needs to monitor the project, maintain the site, repair the well and piping when it fails, etc.
Right next to the well site, there was a celebration of some kind – it was never quite clear if it was party for the birth of a baby, an engagement, someone got a new car, or something. Whatever it was, there was music, food, etc., so we decided to crash the party!
The music was SO loud that we couldn’t carry on a conversation.
We think we got everything we need to get the project requested. Of course, there’s never a guarantee if projects will be accepted or approved, or changed, etc. All we can do is submit what is needed and go from there.