This simple unassuming stake in the ground marks the point where a 40 metre borehole will be dug today. We hope this borehole will bring clean safe water to the people of Bokola for the very first time.
Off in the distance to our right is the graveyard where many of the victims of dirty water rest. Behind us and to the left are the main areas of the village where people live, and some way off in the distance is the now-dry scoop hole in the river bed; a place which the community hopes never to have to rely on again.
We’re standing right in the heart of the community.
Drilling at this site was finally confirmed last friday following extensive consultation with the community and a final survey carried out by our local drilling contractor. The location is perfect, a long way away from the dangers of the road. Far enough away from any contamination risks from the graveyard or latrines; and most importantly, a safe place. It’s the perfectly placed to have the most amazing impact on the whole community.
Success today will mean life will never be the same for the people of Bokola again.
Children will not get sick as often, mothers will be able to spend more time at home, fathers can spend more time growing crops, and children will be able to spend more time at school.
Both communities have changed so much in such a short time, today in Bokola, things are about to change forever.