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Water is pumped from the pan using a treadle pump. Jilo Dabassa (on the left) is just one of the community members who will take their turn to pump water for the benefit of all. The water is carried to water tanks which then gravity feed the irrigation pipes. 

Source: Gideon Mendell, Concern, 2012





women at well

 "The Morning Ritual" 

This is a scene enacted throughout the developing world, the  daily search for water. Water carriers are predominantly women and young children. The daily task can involve walking several kilometers morning and evening and often places the women in danger. 

Source: Liam McCarton, Sierra Leone.





 "Dry Season Sources"

This picture shows a family living in the lowland areas where the wells dry up during teh dry season. This means that families have to source the only available water, regardless of the quality. In this case this is the local river, which is a water source shared by animals, farmers etc. This often results in communities drinking polluted water with often fatal consequences, particularly for young children.





Technology can save lives. 

This is an example of one of DTC's partners in Bolivia which trains local technicians in low cost sustainable technologies. In the photo is a typical campesino with a total solution for all his water needs, including rainwater harvesting, underground ferrocement tank, low cost pressure pump, solar hot water shower. All of the technology has been developed using locallly available resources within the means of local householders. Each technician who attends the training course is then established as a small scale entrepeneur installing such systems throughout Bolivia. Over 30,000 such systems have been installed in the last ten years showing how technology can really change peoples lives for the better.







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