"The programme Caritas-CAR proposed to us today aims at rehabilitating the disused wells and educating villagers on their servicing and self-management," Nabuyoshi Takabe, the Japanese ambassador to the CAR, said during the signing ceremony.
These funds would "help Ombella Mpoko's population contain waterborne diseases and reduce poverty by creating income-generating activities linked to the modernisation of water wells," Jean-Baptiste Mossoumou, the coordinator for Caritas's Bangui archdioceses, said.
Late in 2002, medical technicians detected several cases of hepatitis E in Ombella Mpoko, especially in the northern suburbs of Bangui, the capital, and recommended that wells be dug in conformity with hygienic norms, i.e. that the wells had covers and be located 30 metres away from latrines.
Caritas will also train villagers to service and manage the wells. Despite CAR's intense hydraulic network, villagers lack clean water. They use both river water and wells, most of which dry up during the six-month dry season, for their needs.
[This Item is Delivered to the "Africa-English" Service of the UN's IRIN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations. For further information, free subscriptions, or to change your keywords, contact e-mail: Irin@ocha.unon.org or Web: http://www.irinnews.org . If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post this item, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Reposting by commercial sites requires written IRIN permission.]
Copyright (c) UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2003