Tanakeke-Batu Ampara


Tanakeke-Batu Ampara

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Located two hours from Makassar, Sulawesi lays the island of Tanakeke. More than 10,000 people inhabit the island, earning their living by fishing and harvesting seaweed. In the past twenty years, many of the fishermen have built fish and shrimp ponds and have turned to fish and shrimp cultivation for their main source of income.

Due to multiple factors including severe weather patterns, fish and shrimp diseases, and cultural and sociological challenges, many of the ponds are now destroyed or non-functional. Because of this, most of the impoverished villages on the island now face incredible difficulties, many living “hand-to-mouth.”

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Of the more than 10,000 people living on Tanakeke, clean water is a rare commodity. Being made up of mostly rock and coral with very little fresh water, village wells are rain-catchment wells which dry up during dry season.

During rainy season most of the women have to walk several kilometers a day in order to carry the water from the wells to their homes. When dry season hits however, the rainwater in the wells is depleted, and eventually the people are drinking salty water as a result of their close proximity to the ocean.

Because most of the village has no other source of water during dry season many people in the village suffer from chronic skin diseases, stomach and intestinal sicknesses and kidney failure. Desperate villagers resort to paying exorbitant prices for drinking water from other villages, many even going into debt just to have water for their families.

In 2011, GHNI kicked off the TCD program on the island with a small “seed project”, helping the village think through their water challenges. In addition to helping the people of Tanakeke with clean water challenges, GHNI also tackles village wellness through preventative sanitation measures, education, food, and income generation.