Belong Hamlet Works Together with EBPP and Mitra Pelita Bangsa to Build 70 Cubangs (Roof Rainwater Collection Reservoirs)

cubang 2-3Gotong Royong” is an Indonesian phrase that means community working together for mutual benefit. With EBPP’s help and Ayana Resort’s Yayasan Mitra Pelita Bangsa Foundation’s sponsorship, Belong Hamlet in Ban Village has done just that!

Belong adalah salah satu komunitas terbesar dan paling pedesaan di Ban Village, dengan 306 families sparsely scattered over a very large area. Although EBPP provided safe water reservoirs from the Daya River spring source in 2003, due to their geographical situation most families still had to trek 2-3hrs daily simply to access clean water for drinking, cooking, mandi, and cleaning. Belong is now equipped with 70 more “cubangs”, roof rainwater collection reservoirs with 33,000 litres storage capacity to provide 70 more families with the accessible, clean water they need adjacent their homes.

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Cubangs are completely covered roof rainwater collection reservoirs, where the rainwater passes through gravel, charcoal and jute filters, and the hand-pumps – which work on the same principle as a bicycle pump, provide a clean and safe household water supply to isolated communities to sustainably improve their health, especially for young children.

Based on WHO guidelines, each family of 4-5 people needs a minimum 120 litres of water per day, so these cubangs supply families with sufficient water for the usual long dry season of 7-8 bulan. Sejak 2015, Ayana Resort’s Yayasan Mitra Pelita Bangsa foundation has helped the impoverished communities of Belong Hamlet by sponsoring the construction of 70 cubangs, the last 20 being completed in mid-July 2016.

Once funding was in place, EBPP promptly put building plans in place to get the project started. EBPP’s local water and sanitation team coordinated Belong families for daily “Gotong Royong” to build their cubangs. The total construction period for each new cubang was 8-10 hari hari. EBPP team spent the first two days training the local community, yang bekerja bersama-sama dalam kelompok 4-6, dan kemudian membuat situs kunjungan singkat setiap hari, dengan total waktu yang dihabiskan rata-rata 3-4 hari per cubang. Kami membantu mereka membantu diri mereka sendiri untuk bekerja sama sebagai sebuah komunitas dan membangun kehidupan yang lebih baik dan lebih berkelanjutan.

Dengan efisiensi, kerja keras, dan dedikasi dari anggota masyarakat Ban Village dan tim EBPP, semua 70 cubangs kini telah selesai! Keluarga sekarang dapat menghabiskan lebih sedikit waktu mendapatkan air dan lebih banyak waktu makan ternak mereka, mendapatkan pendidikan, and caring for each other – resulting in healthier babies and more productive lives.

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