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    Villagers of Jampaka are in need of water supply and sanitation

     
    Villagers of Jampaka in North Buton District voiced again their need for clean water and latrines, after seeing their neighboring village of about 2 kilometers, Tomoahi, has enjoyed these two basic needs. This was revealed in the public meetings initiated by IDRAP. The meeting on 26 November, 2010 attended by the Executive Director of IDRAP, Bahaludin, as well as hundreds of people became an arena for people venting various basic needs that have been neglected and not getting serious attention from the local authority, especially in relation to the provision of clean water and family latrines. Jampaka which is inhabited by more than 120 households is located on the top of a hill at the pivot point from Ereke to Waode Buri. Jampaka is also a village with a low level of social welfare. This can be seen from the physical buildings such as houses with semi-permanent and emergency construction. Most of houses are built on stilts and only few permanent houses. Sources of income of the villagers are highly relied on agricultural products such as cashew and coconut with declining harvest over the years because of uncertain climate change. Due to low income, community in Jampaka can not afford to buy clean water to meet daily needs such as water for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing. They only rely on rain-fed water during the rainy season. In dry season, water supply only from a small dirty well at the foot of the hill about 1 kilometer from the community settlement. Children spend a lot of time to fetch water every day during the dry season, so that their learning time is disturbed. Something similar happened to sanitation facilities. According to information gathered from local communities, there is only one permanent latrine in the village of Jampaka, the rest are emergency latrines in the form of a dug hole with 2 wooden bar lined up on top. Many residents use the surrounding fields/gardens as natural latrine. This sanitary condition has brought about very bad impact for the community’s health status, especially the spread of diarrheal diseases during rainy season. The absence of these basic needs have been repeatedly voiced by the community and village head, but have not received a concrete response except promises during a political campaign. According to the villagers and village head, a few years ago, it had built water supply in Jampaan through PPK. But the project gets failed because the project facilitators did not continue the work. "Water pipes had been connected, water pump was also installed but the water did not reach the village. People had spent a lot of energy to contribute to the project, but no water until now. Facilitators never appeared again," said one resident. Not only the problem of clean water, villagers also complained about the 'debt' that they must continue to tackle every year until now in relation to that unsuccessful projects. "Until now we still continue to pay the debt for the project Sir", said village head of Jampaka. When asked about the said payment, the village head did not know exactly. "We only know that is debt related to the water, and we must pay because they say that is our debt" he continued. On the basis of various conditions mentioned above, the villagers of Jampaka really hoped that IDRAP would be willing to think about their fate in order to enjoy clean water. They asked IDRAP because they have been tired of political promises. Meanwhile, according to villagers, IDRAP is more reliable to realize their vital needs, as they have seen in many villages in the District of North Kulisusu, including Tomoahi Village which is only 2 kilometers from Jampaka also facilitated by IDRAP. "Our neighboring village, Tomoahi, already enjoyed water supply and sanitation facility since 2005. We know that it was facilitated by IDRAP. So please IDRAP help us also in here," joked a mother. Responding the complaints and urging from community, the Executive Director of IDRAP, Mr. Bahaludin suggested villagers to propose to local government (though PNPM) by making a concrete planning. But the villagers were already hopeless. "We have proposed many times but never approved. They said it had been done through the PPK so that it is not possible to propose again to PNPM," said a villager who attended the meeting.