English translation by community member Anna L. 

 

The city of Bukavu, formerly known as the Switzerland of Africa for its green hills, lakes, rivers, and mountain climate, is divided into three municipalities.

Today, the city has expanded and encompasses rural-urban municipalities and peripheral neighborhoods. Its hills and lake fronts have been invaded by random construction. According to city hall statistics, Bukavu had a population of 459,070 in 2004, which grew to 622,477 in 2009. An exodus from rural areas and lack of security in the province's interior mean that this number is constantly growing.   

The Water Distribution Authority, REGIDESO, provides the city's water, but despite its modernized equipment, the Authority always provides a deficient supply. Throughout the year, thousands of REGIDESO customers have no water flowing from their faucets.

To facilitate what little access the population has to water, several NGOs have built tap stands. Subscribers for each tap stand number 150 to 200 families.

During the dry season (June through August), REGIDESO and the residents of Bukavu suffer a dramatically reduced water supply. For several years now, REGIDESO has recorded increasingly lower water levels at this time at catchment sites in the Murundu hills approximately 10 km from Bukavu.

This reduced availability leads to a deficiency if not a total lack of water in almost all municipalities and neighborhoods. Therefore, people, particularly children, go to collect water for their families at marked source points, generally near homes in the lowland areas.  

Since vacation began, from 5 in the morning, I hear children running in the lane facing my house drumming empty plastic containers. When I wake up at 6, I see other children in the lane and still others returning, filled containers in hand or on their backs. Going to the office, I see more groups of children, girls and boys with 10- to 20-liter containers. Many have gone to neighborhoods 2 kilometers from their homes. On the city's main artery, I see many cars with containers of water.

In my neighborhood, the only time water flows from the faucet is for a few minutes after midnight. This means I have to stay up every night to secure two to three 20-liter containers of water, which I use very carefully.  

Though water scarcity in Bukavu is nothing new, every year the residents' ink flows and their voices raise in complaint. Everyone is upset by the fact that children have to spend their vacation fetching water. I hear people's complaints in the media every day. Consumer rights organizations are constantly denouncing our lack of water, which, above all, deprives children of their rest.

As someone facing this recurring shortage, I share the generally held view that the seasonal drying up of water sources can be attributed to environmental destruction caused by cutting down trees; now the dry season lasts too long, longer than it used to.

As a parent, I find it depressing to see children, girls and boys, all day long with containers of water because I support respect for children's rights and people's socio-economic and cultural rights.

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Bonjour Laetitia,

Merci pour avoir partagé cette histoire incroyable. Les vies dévastatrices des enfants que vous avez décrit me rendre triste. Ce n'est pas juste pour n'importe qui de devoir marcher deux kilometres pour l'eau, surtout les enfants. Et pour vous, vous devez attender la nuit pour avoir l'eau--c'est horrible. J'habite dans les Etats-Unis, et c'est facile à oublier que l'eau courante n'est pas disponible pour tout le monde. C'est importante que les femmes comme vous partagent leurs histoires pour sensibiliser les gens aux problèmes du monde. 

 

Est-ce que vous avez trouvé quelques solutions ou cours d'action pour resoudre le probème dans votre communauté et les autres? Qu'est-ce qu'on peut faire pour aider votre communauté et les autres dans les situations similaires?

 

Continuez à écrire

Erika

bonjour Erika

Merci de votre commentaire qui témoingne votre compassion devant le sort des membres de ma communauté et surtout celui des enfants en rapport avec le ravitaillement en l'eau durant la saison sèche .Devant cette situation  recurrente, l'association ADFER dont je suis la coordinatrice a toujours denocé les conséquences sur la population auprès des autorités .

Entretemps,ADFER a déja degagé d'autres actions durables  à mener dans la ville de Bukavu et dans le territoire de Kabare. Peut -on vous  envoyer ces actions sous forme de projet ?

Laetita.     

laetitia

Laetita,

Que veut dire "projet?" Je voudrais plus d'information sur ADFER si ca c'est votre intention, et d'apprendre plus de votre vie et vos efforts. Vous pouvez m'envoyer un message privé!

 

Merci,

Erika

 Chere Erika

je souhaiterai avoir ton adresse privé  emali afin que je t'envoies les informations sur ma vie et sur les actions menées au bénéfice de ma communauté en rapport avec le ravitaillement en eau et dans d'autres domaines.

Merci. Laetitia

Voici mon adresse email: mufololaety@gmail.com

 

 

laetitia

Chère Laetitia,

Merci d'avoir partagée ce récit de la situation actuelle à Bukavu. Je me demande s'il n'existe pas la possibilité de créer des collectes d'eau de pluie dans la ville. Je vous souhaite mes meilleurs vœux.

Bien à vous,

Anna

Bonjour Anna,

Merci pour le commentaire et la traduction de mon journal ;cela va permettre a beaucoup de membres de WP de le lire. Concernant la collecte de l'eau de pluie, cette action figure parmi  tant d'autres actions que   ma communauté à déjà degagée pour alléger la souffrance de ses membres mais elle est limitée par le manque des moyens

Laetitia

laetitia

TRANSLATION

Children's Search for Water in Bukavu, South Kivu Province in Eastern DR Congo

The city of Bukavu, formerly known as the Switzerland of Africa for its green hills, lakes, rivers, and mountain climate, is divided into three municipalities.

Today, the city has expanded and encompasses rural-urban municipalities and peripheral neighborhoods. Its hills and lake fronts have been invaded by random construction. According to city hall statistics, Bukavu had a population of 459,070 in 2004, which grew to 622,477 in 2009. An exodus from rural areas and lack of security in the province's interior mean that this number is constantly growing.   

The Water Distribution Authority, REGIDESO, provides the city's water, but despite its modernized equipment, the Authority always provides a deficient supply. Throughout the year, thousands of REGIDESO customers have no water flowing from their faucets.

To facilitate what little access the population has to water, several NGOs have built tap stands. Subscribers for each tap stand number 150 to 200 families.

During the dry season (June through August), REGIDESO and the residents of Bukavu suffer a dramatically reduced water supply. For several years now, REGIDESO has recorded increasingly lower water levels at this time at catchment sites in the Murundu hills approximately 10 km from Bukavu.

This reduced availability leads to a deficiency if not a total lack of water in almost all municipalities and neighborhoods. Therefore, people, particularly children, go to collect water for their families at marked source points, generally near homes in the lowland areas.  

Since vacation began, from 5 in the morning, I hear children running in the lane facing my house drumming empty plastic containers. When I wake up at 6, I see other children in the lane and still others returning, filled containers in hand or on their backs. Going to the office, I see more groups of children, girls and boys with 10- to 20-liter containers. Many have gone to neighborhoods 2 kilometers from their homes. On the city's main artery, I see many cars with containers of water.

In my neighborhood, the only time water flows from the faucet is for a few minutes after midnight. This means I have to stay up every night to secure two to three 20-liter containers of water, which I use very carefully.  

Though water scarcity in Bukavu is nothing new, every year the residents' ink flows and their voices raise in complaint. Everyone is upset by the fact that children have to spend their vacation fetching water. I hear people's complaints in the media every day. Consumer rights organizations are constantly denouncing our lack of water, which, above all, deprives children of their rest.

As someone facing this recurring shortage, I share the generally held view that the seasonal drying up of water sources can be attributed to environmental destruction caused by cutting down trees; now the dry season lasts too long, longer than it used to.

As a parent, I find it depressing to see children, girls and boys, all day long with containers of water because I support respect for children's rights and people's socio-economic and cultural rights.

Merci pour cet ideal travail pour l'infarmation de la vie de la population de la ville de bukavu en cas de manque de l'eau potable de la REGIDESO c'est un grave problème et il y a de cas de violences et violes qui se passe pendant ces periodes difficile car l'eau c'est la vie. courage 

arianemoza