To get drinking water, the approximately 500 inhabitants of the village of Massarankissidou in west african Guinea have to go to great lengths. Their only source of water, a river, is located one kilometer away from their home. Children from the age of eight are sent there around five times a day to fetch water for their families. They need 45 to 60 minutes for each trip – time they could otherwise spend at school.
Furthermore, the river water is often contaminated: Diarrhea, typhoid and parasite infestation are the consequences. Ingenieure ohne Grenzen wants to help the people in Massarankissidou and install a safe water supply system. In doing this, they think in the long term: another central aspect of their project is the training of local workers. They should learn how to install a water supply system and then spread their knowledge further in the region and in other villages.