Aptech Africa’s drilling team in Central African Republic recently completed the drilling of 17 boreholes in the towns of Bria, Lippy, and Alindao in a project funded by Oxfam. This project will increase access to water for hundreds of thousands of people.
The Africa Finance Ministers Meeting in CAR in 2020 noted water access has a positive impact on an economic level. Children, and especially girls are able to attend school more often as their time is no longer spent fetching water. The reduction of water chores enables women to engage in other income-generating activities. Small businesses benefit from water access, and the development of micro drinking water supply systems managed by the private sector creates jobs, as well as income. Access to sanitation and drinking water improves the livelihoods of entire communities, and is worth the investment to improve public health.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for action to ensure hygiene to support the economies and health of the population. Handwashing is one of the pillars to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Aptech Africa is working with development partners to make sure communities across Central African Republic have access to the water they need to stop the spread of COVID-19.