Fobane Borehole Project – Lesotho
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
Fobane is an underdeveloped, rural village lacking in electricity and running water. About 4,000-5,000 people reside in the village, and the lifestyle revolves around agriculture and taking care of animals.
In the main village, Ha Tumo, where the chief resides, there is a clinic, high school, and primary school. Unemployment and poverty are major concerns, and the village’s youth have severely limited options of employment within the village.
In 2014, in order to tackle this problem of unemployment, a group of university-educated young adults who call the village home formed a local association, Haeso ke Fobane, to brainstorm a solution. The aim was simple: to create jobs and opportunities in the village while also providing goods and services with those jobs. With a focus on agricultural projects, the most essential needs were land and water.
The association raised funds through financial contributions through members and by raising chickens to sell during various holiday seasons. Through these funds, land was acquired in the heart of the village. Now the only obstacle that remains is a water source for the land.
In the village, unemployment is a serious problem that leaves Job seekers helpless, depressed, and unproductive. Even those that complete university education can find themselves without a job for several years after graduating, and settle for menial labor. This unfortunate fact leads some students to undervalue and even give up on education.
Haeso ke Fobane, works to create jobs and services in the village through agricultural projects. The organization lacks a water source to accomplish its objectives.
This project involves the construction of a water borehole for a community association situated in the rural village of Fobane. The land is situated in the central area of the village adjacent to the clinic.
A contractor located in Ficksburg, South Africa will be in charge of the construction, working with four laborers.
The borehole will have a depth of 14 to 16 meters. An electric pump will be installed. A 1,000 L water tank will be elevated four meters above the ground.
The construction will be completed within two weeks, during which the laborers will be provided with food and lodging by the community association.
The association raised funds through financial contributions through members and by raising chickens to sell during various holiday seasons. Using these funds, land for the borehole was acquired in the heart of the village.
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Monitoring and Maintenance
The contractor will provide a six-month warranty for the borehole in case any problems arise. After the warranty expires, the borehole will be maintained by the association, Haeso ke Fobane. Any damage or repairs needed will be dealt with by the association using their budget.
The completion of this project will allow for the creation of jobs and services in the village through agricultural projects, rescuing villagers out of the tight grasp of unemployment.
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This project has been fully funded by an anonymous donor in the U.S.
This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.