Over the last year, El Niño has had a massive impact in Indonesia, with a long drought affecting 11 of the 33 provinces in the country, or approximately 50 million people.
The drought has made it tremendously difficult for people to obtain clean water, posing a significant risk for families who are relying on unsafe and dirty water for drinking and cooking purposes.
To support families, Plan International Indonesia — supported by the Start Fund, a multi donor fund to mitigate the impact of El Nino in the NTT— has started distributing clean water to 39 villages in Nagekeo and Timor Tengah Selatan districts, NTT.
the distribution of clean water will reach more than 26,000 people
Since late 2015, many residents have struggled to find clean water with springs around their houses drying up and becoming unusable. As a result, many children have to walk up to two kilometers per day in order to get water for their families.
According to the local government, the impact of of El Niño has disrupted the planting and harvesting seasons, a main livelihood source for families in the province. The drought has also compromised the health and economic conditions for children and their families.
Since late March, the Emergency Response Team of Plan International Indonesia has started to distribute clean water to 21 villages in Nagekeo district and 18 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan district. The villages will receive 5,000 liters of water per day for the next 30 days.
“Distributing clean water is a priority as it helps to address the health and sanitation challenges that families are currently facing,” says Wahyu Kuncoro, Disaster Risk Management National Program Advisor of Plan International Indonesia.
"Over the last few months, we have had trouble getting clean water, because the spring in our village has dried up. With this support [from Plan International], we no longer need to walk a long way to find drinking water,” says Rambo, a community member.
According to Nasrus Syukroni, Emergency Specialist at Plan International Indonesia, the distribution of clean water will reach more than 26,000 people in the province.
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Words and photos by: Irsyad Hadi, Communication Specialist, Plan International Indonesia