RADESIFOLAMAE VILLAGE, MALAITA, SOLOMON ISLANDS
In 2016, Radesifolamae’s water crisis finally came to an end when the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP) funded the construction of a new water supply.
In previous years, four children in the village had died. Two from falling into the village’s ground well, and two more from diarrhea caused by
unknowingly drinking from the well after it had been contaminated.
Today, every household enjoys easy access to clean water, as a rain catchment system now feeds twenty water tanks shared across the sixty homes in the community.
In addition to preventing further tragedies, the close proximity of a clean water source has dramatically improved day to day life for residents of Radesifolamae.
Mothers, or more often their children, previously traveled 45 minutes by canoe to collect water. The 990-minute roundtrip gave families a difficult choice to make. Either
If you don’t have time to make shell money here, there’s no way you can surviveSelimina shared
The security that comes with access to clean water has improved the livelihoods of all 102 families in Radesifolamae. With more time to make shell money and less stress over water, mothers are earning more money for their families.
The new water supply has enhanced income and livelihood