Each household is equipped with an individual tap,
connected to an individual meter.
The social business created by Eau et Vie
builds the water network and collects the payments
based on micro-credit systems.
Eau et Vie projects constitute a global approach to improve living conditions in slums, from water access to waste management, including hygiene and environment awareness raising actions. Eau et Vie works hand in hand with communities, in partnership with local authorities and local and international development stakeholders. Actions are designed to integrate a sustainable development plan. Eau et Vie thus participates in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a United Nations Organization (UNO) project launched in 2000 to reduce world poverty.
“Shared knowledge” conceived by Doing Good Doing Well company and produced by What’s Up Films, traces three years involvement of the Suez Environnement Water for All foundation (whose achievements were taken over by Suez Environnement Initiatives Fund); combining pictures of the producer Alexandre Dereims and a website designed by Cellules Studio.
“We get water from a pump linked to the pipes of illegal vendors. These poor quality pipes have holes and much dirt comes in, even the stools. If someone helps us solve these water problems, we will give all our support.”, explains Rhosheda in 2012.
I had to get up very early in the morning in the past. After getting up I used to travel very far to collect water from the hand pump. At the same time, many women also used to come to the hand pump and I had to wait and queue for a long time... 70 people were using the same hand pump! Once the cooking and dishes were finished, I used to take a bath and wash clothes. After finishing the tasks at home, I had to go to the market. I am very happy to have access to water in my own house now! It saves lots of time and I can send my son to school on time. In the past, my family suffered a lot from diarrhoea and typhoid. Whenever we went to the doctor, he asked about what kind of water we use. He would always reply, “you become sick from this water!”. Now, my family drinks the water from the tap and we haven’t gone to the doctor since running water has been available in Bhashantek.
In 2005, there was a terrible fire in the slum. 59 houses caught on fire and were completely destroyed. It was terrifying. Here, we are scared about fires. Like typhoons, when they arrive they destroy everything. Today, I’m a volunteer of the fire brigade of my community. I already helped control a few fires that started in my area. There were no major damages! Last summer, we saw smoke further away in the city. Although it wasn’t my community, I went there to help the firemen to stop the fire. I am proud to be able to help my community and the others.
During the Global Hand Washing Day, I liked singing “♫ After playing, I wash my hands. At 1 the water flows, at 2 here comes the soap… ♫”. Now, I know how to wash my hands with soap and I know when it is important to do it. My aunt was here during the Washing Day and she reminds me and my cousins to wash our hands with soap when we forget! And also it is easier now that we have sink at our height in our school, with running water.
I am 52 years old. At my age it has become too difficult to draw water from the deep well. It was also too tiring for my husband, since after drawing you need to carry the pails home. So we decided to attach a motor to the well, but our electricity bill became very expensive, for bad water in fact! Since the Eau et Vie project started, our situation improved: we only have to open our faucet and clean water comes out instantly!