Clean drinking water, necessary to sustain life, is a major concern when you live on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. Water sources are few and far between. In many cases much of a families’ day is spent traveling great distances to just securing water. During the dry season when no rain falls it makes it nearly impossible to raise food. One of the challenges we face in training people in the skills of drip irrigation is finding a way to get the water needed to allow this process to extend the growing season from 3 months to year round. In a place like Dono-Manga, Chad, where you do not have a local source for clean water and the nearest source is six kilometers away, it is incredibly difficult to provide large enough quantities of water for drinking and hygiene, much less drip irrigation farming.
Healing Hands International recently reported that this problem is being overcome in Niger through the use of donkey carts. Multiple and larger containers of water can be transported at one time by this means, thus conserving time and manpower. Resulting from a recent article about how these donkey carts were being used in Niger, a number of people responded wanting to provide additional donkey carts for use where ever they might be needed. Healing Hands International recently made funds available for one of those pledged donkey carts to be used in Dono-Manga.
While this will not remove the need for more wells, once wells are dug the donkey cart will extend our reach as drip irrigation farming begins to expand through out the Dono-Manga district.
You can provide a Donkey Cart for $500.00. More importantly, a well can be provided for only $1,000.