The first project of the foundation was to assist the construction of water stations in Chad.Chad, a landlocked country located in Central Africa, is one of the driest countries in the world, and accessing to water sources here has always been a huge problem for the country’s agriculture-based economy. Despite the constant water crisis, Chad is not lack of water, as it was found that the country actually had an abundant water storage under the ground.
Nevertheless, extracting underground water to the earth surface remains as a great challenge, since the normal pumps are not only expensive, but also unendurable under high temperatures, which in Chad’s summer could even amount to 50 degree Celsius. To solve this problem, we decided to cooperate with an avant-garde pump manufacturer specialized in making compressor-based pumps, which are more economically viable and resistant to high temperatures than normal pumps, thereby allowing a more convenient access to water to the general public.
In the trial phase, the water station we built has irrigated several acres of land during the summer, the fallow period in Chad due to the difficulty of water access, and successfully produced hundreds of kilograms of tomatoes, peanuts, potatoes and many other vegetables. This is a great achievement, since few people in Chad could work on agriculture during the long, hot summer, and most people had no choice but stay at home and wait for the rain season to come. By establishing a water station like this, we will substantially elevate the average labor productivity of the Chadians, particularly the ones working in agriculture, increase their family incomes, and alleviate the long-existing water crisis of Chad.
Having received a number of positive feedbacks from the trial phase, we would like build several more water stations across Chad, especially in the localities that had been plagued by the water crisis for decades. We believe that as we build more and more water stations in Chad, more and more Chadians would gain a stable, secure and affordable access to water sources.