A boy named Gino helped his mother carry a gallon of water climbed the uphill dirt road from a water well below to his simple Karen house built from bamboo and banana leaf roof. Gino’s mother named “Banyen” poured the water into a pot preparing food for the family. After carrying water gallon, Gino rushed to dress up to go to school. The boy is now studying in grade 2 in a small school nearby.
Gino’s family is a family received help from World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) who supported the shallow water well digging which is a source of clean drinking water to all needy people in the village. Gino’s house located on a high hill with no electricity and tap water. Previously, Gino’s grandfather persevered using his hands dug the sand making a small pond in order to get just a liter of drinking water.
“ I live on a high hill and have no occupation. There is nothing here even water supply. I need to dig a small pond to get drinking water and sometimes I need to make a new pond just in two days because the tree leaves dropped into the pond and maybe chickens or cows stepped on it.” Gino’s grandfather named “Kongboon” told the difficulty of searching for drinking water.
Once a day, either in the morning or in the evening Gino’s mother and grandmother had to scoop water from a small pond made by grandfather. Each day they need 20 liters of water for drinking, rice cooking and soup making. They had to spend 2 hours each time scooping water from the pond. “ It’s very slow if the water rippled and caused turbidity, we had to wait for clear water and then started scooping again. Then we put mosquito net on the brim of gallon as a filter and gently filled water into gallon, and we also cannot use water in the rainy season because of its high turbidity.” Banyen told.
Gino has received a generous help from a sponsor in “Child Sponsorship Programme” pursued by World Vision Foundation of Thailand. WVFT has developed the living conditions of children, families and community in Mae Sariang District, Mae Hong Son Province and when the Mae Sariang Area Development Programme (ADPs) officers visited the village and informed about the shortage of drinking water, the support in digging shallow water well proceeded. This shared water well is beneficial to Gino’s family and villagers to have adequate drinking water throughout the year and it also helps promoting sanitation to household and community.
The solution of water shortage is extensive to another two communities and Mae Um Long Noi School helping approximately 473 people of the communities have better quality of life.
Mr. Prasong Sripitakdamrong, Mae Sariang's Programme manager said about the change. “The villagers have enough clean water for drinking and household using through the year and there is a unity among villagers to help cleaning the shared water well and the space around village creating better surroundings.”
“ I was very glad the first time I have used this water well. It’s easier and helps saving a lot of time so that I have more time to work and look after family.” Gino’s mother said about the time wasted in scooping water from a small pond. “ Thank you very much! This helps me having more time to earn a living.”