Locally Funding a Water Storage Tank

Sulawesi, Indonesia


After several weeks of training from the Transformational Community Development (TCD) team, the community of Mawa formed a committee of local individuals with the goal of finding locally viable and sustainable solutions to lift themselves out of poverty. Amongst other things, the village suffers from a severe lack of water. This has not only negative effects on hygiene, but it also limits their ability to generate income and improve their diet through the cultivation of vegetables. There is a spring about a kilometre from the village. The committee is planning to test the water and then build a storage tank, piping the water down to the village.  


*Annisa is one of the newly appointed committee members who has shown a high level of enthusiasm since the TCD program began earlier this year.  She and the other committee members created a system so that all of the families of the village would contribute weekly to a fund in order to buy the pipes and building materials for the storage tank. GHNI has made arrangements with the committee to contribute some funds to the cause in order to lessen the burden. The village committee accepted the offer. However, Annisa was adamant that GHNI not buy any building materials until the community has reached their own fundraising target. “We will not have an outside team be the ones starting the project. This is our community and our problem. We must be the ones to initiate,” Annisa said. 


The TCD training team has been encouraged by the quick progress in Mawa, which they attribute to people like Annisa who have grasped TCD principles and are not hesitating to put those principles into practise. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a community truly and sustainably transformed.



GHNI Partner TCD Worker

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Annisa” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.