Drip Irrigation and Living Waters
WATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
“Planting the Seed” by Providing Water
Programs: Drip Irrigation Program and Village Redemption Program ("Living Water")
Program Description: In the arid southwest of Madagascar adequate and clean water is a major humanitarian need. FOMM has been working for six years to create resources to help grow food with a drip irrigation program. Centers have been established at Ejeda Hospital and Manasoa Bible School to show how to grow crops using drip irrigation. Now we are drilling new wells as part of the Village Redemption Strategy, which suggests seven basic needs for a village. An adequate water supply for drinking and food production is one of those goals, and none are more important. We are working toward long-term goals of a program that is sustainable by local communities with financial support from you our donors.
2022 Goals: Expand the Drip Irrigation Program and seek funding for the “Living Water” program to drill as many wells as possible.
Cost for the Program in 2022: Each well, because it will require deep drilling through hard rock beneath the region, will cost an average of $20,000.00 each.
Water is the source of life, growth, health, and community resilience. We aim to dig 300 wells in southwestern Madagascar, a region that is in the fifth year of a severe drought. Major rivers having dried up--a humanitarian crisis is coming to village after village when clean drinking water is not provided. FOMM has conducted research in the field over the past 12 months and deployed a professional hydrological investigative team to the region to prioritize areas for the location of wells with assistance provided by the local communities as to location of wells. FOMM also has local partners with advanced exploratory technology and drilling rigs. We have a plan and are taking steps with people on the ground to identify specific villages, locate the best spots to drill, and as funds are available, drill.
Our Drip Irrigation Program
The southwest part of Madagascar is semi-arid. It is either "feast or famine" regarding the crops that are grown by the farmers. The goal is to teach the farmers how to use a drip irrigation system during the times of drought and crop failure. This system would allow them to raise enough food to feed their family during dry periods of time and also have some crop produce left over to sell at their local markets.
- The average farm in Madagascar is 1.3 hectares or 3 acres.
- The small size of a farm hampers mechanization and farming equipment.
- The farmer uses a small spade to turn the soil.
- The seeds used for planting are a poor quality.
- Water management is not good.
- As a result, the farmer produces barely enough to feed their family.
- Provide a reasonably priced drip irrigation system: a 5 gallon pail with approximately 100 feet of hose.
- Have educational events to train the farmers on how to use the drip irrigation kits.
- Establish educational training gardens at Ejeda Hospital and Manasoa Bible School to be used as teaching sites.
- The drip irrigation kit will be given to each farmer who completes the training sessions. Whether or not we will have the farmers pay for the second kit or a portion of the cost is yet to be determined. Most of this area is basically a cashless economy. So we will have to wait and determine if they will pay a portion of the cost in cash and/or provide some food to the needy.
- Work with the community to overcome cultural practices that question this way of producing enough food for the family.
Amount Requested: Funds for supplies to give the farmers to keep the program going through 2022: $5,000.00
“I am impressed with FOMM’s operating model which includes a high degree of both transparency and accountability. FOMM has a small but all-volunteer professional staff that live on three continents with very low administrative costs. They guarantee that 100% of donations are directed to groups undertaking approved projects in Madagascar. Those groups and their projects are also held to high standards of accountability, including quarterly reports and maintenance of required documentation of expenditures.” Sonia Meehl