They add, "The tank was mounted three meters (3.2 yards) up from the ground to ensure stronger water pressure."
"Solar power was used as an alternative green energy. Two water taps have also been installed to allow people to collect water without difficulty,” they say.
In the report, Fr. Louis Malama has been quoted as saying, “People in this village have struggled a lot and suffer so much due to lack of water. "
The Catholic Priest who oversaw the implementation of the initiative adds, “The new water supply will alleviate unnecessary sicknesses and will help the start of a vegetable garden that will reduce poverty in the village.”
“This new water source also provided clean water access at Don Bosco Youth Primary School in the village. Clean water will help prevent illness caused by waterborne disease and increase the number of children coming to school to learn," the SDB Priest further says.
According to the World Bank, Namibia is just one of nine countries in Africa considered as upper middle income, but poverty is still prevalent with extreme wealth imbalances.
Namibia’s poverty rate is 32 percent with an unemployment rate of 29.6 percent, a report by Trading Economics indicates.
The same report shows that poverty in the Southwestern African nation is acute in the Northern regions of Kavango, Oshikoto, Zambezi, Kunene and Ohangwena, where upwards of one-third of the population lives in poverty. HIV prevalence in the country is 16.9 percent, the report indicates.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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