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For a decade, the pleas for clean water from the people of Pulmalou have been ignored. Now, their wait may finally be over.

Although the nearest hand pump is only one kilometre from the village, there are six communities relying on it for clean water. As a result of this overcrowding, it takes almost seven hours to gather water, which means residents eat one meal per day. That single trip to the water pump produces only enough water for cooking one meal and having enough to drink. Clothing cannot be washed, bathing is nearly impossible and gardens never grow.

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During the rainy season, villagers will resort to drinking from contaminated puddles to avoid the congested hand pump and when these puddles disappear in the dry season, many people relocate to the nearest river (a six-hour journey, one way). This is dangerous for the women, children and elders of Pulmalou because assaults and theft frequently occur.

In the past, Pulmalou relied on hand-dug water wells that allowed them to create a vibrant village. Unfortunately, they collapsed years ago, which has resulted in these current circumstances. The community has written many letters to the government over the past decade requesting an assessment for a hand pump – three letters were sent this year alone – to no avail. As a result, they feel vulnerable and forgotten. The people dream of having clean water and have already planned usage timetables and budgets for potential repairs. Pulmalou’s residents want to ensure that once they finally receive clean water, it will remain in their village for future generations.

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