Brazil: Water for the Bahia
Thirst is a constant issue for residents of the Bahia region in northeastern Brazil. Permanent drought prevails in this area and climate change has caused the situation to deteriorate dramatically in recent years. Rain fails to arrive in the rainy season and the population has no water for their fields and their cattle, nor for day-to-day hygiene or to drink. Disease and infection are the result, making the lives of the people much more difficult.
It is mainly great soy producers who buy up land in large parts of Brazil. This is why poor farmers frequently lose their land. Many of them were forced to move to the dry and barren Bahia area in northeast Brazil.
It would be impossible for the residents – who provide for themselves by growing vegetables and fishing – to access water without help, meaning that eventually they would have to migrate and settle in the larger cities.
The Styrian “Verein für Quellen & Hilfsprojekte” (association for springs and aid projects) found out that there is enough ground water in this area to secure survival of the people. It constructs water wells in a quick and simple manner, which secure water supply for the people. Greenfinity financed the construction of over 100 wells, which provide water for 2,500people, a school and a hospital. For only 500 Euros a well can be built, which benefits up to 20 families.