How Our Wells Improve Lives

In 2021 CEED was able to publish an impact statement about what our wells do for the villages that get them. We studied 20 villages in total by tracking what illnesses each village was exposed to before receiving a well. We also tracked how many days villagers were spending sick as well as how much money was spent on medicine. And keep in mind that the average cost of a daily does of medication for Typhoid is equal to a full day’s wage, so a villager would have to spend as many days trying to cover the cost of medication as they spend sick in the first place. We then surveyed the same villages after they had been given a well and the results were staggering. Here are three major metrics of improvement. 

An Improvement in Health

The most drastic improvement in outcomes of our study was the reduction in days spend sick. The biggest drop was 86% less time spent sick with an average of 71% less time overall. We measured it by seeing how many villagers were sick per day before and after the well was put in. So on any given day 71% more of the workforce was on their feet!

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Economic Benefits

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One of the metrics we used in the study was how much on average was being spent on medicine. The interesting thing here is that while villagers were spending 71% less on medicine, that is really only half of the economic impact. You also have to add the number of days they are now spending working in addition to that money not being spent on medicine. The end results are better food, better access to services and education, etc. 

Safety Outcomes

One of the additional improvements is harder to quantify statistically. Each of the villages reported that there were less accidents and an increase in village safety because of the boreholes. The reason is that before the wells were in place, most villages only had access to water at a distance. Women and children would have to walk across the bush, risking bandits, wild animal attacks, and accidents for water that could potentially make them sick. Domestic violence also decreased as women were able to spend more time in the house and on their daily tasks than having to carry water. And children were able to attend school with more regularity which will have a lasting impact on the future of these villages. 

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The Data at a glance

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