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National ENERGY GLOBE Award The Democratic Republic of the Congo - Water 2018
Most of the women of Minova are survivors of the November 2012 mass rape by the Congolese National Army. This incidence resulted in their husbands abandoning them pregnant or HIV/AIDS positive. In October 2016, Friendly Water for the World trained women in the town of MInova, in eastern Congo, to fabricate, distribute, install, and maintain BioSand water filters thereby empowering the community with the ability to improve their sanitation and hygiene.
In the year 2012, more than 35 women were subjected to mass rape by the Congolese National Army living then secluded from or stigmatized by the community. On the other hand, eastern Congo has been beset by war and civil strife for more than 20 years. It was the almost complete breakdown in civil infrastructure, especially in rural areas has led to a series of major cholera outbreak which is affecting the region.
To provide a solution to this problem, Friendly Waters carried out knowledge sharing and training workshop to empower the victims of mass rape with low-cost clean BioSand water filter construction and entrepreneurship skills. Through knowledge-sharing and training, it has become possible for communities to ensure their own safe drinking water. By creating a viable source of income through distribution of the water filters, most of the vulnerable women regained their social and financial freedom.
The most innovative part of this project was to empower the women to become entirely self-sufficient yet ensuring an entire community’s access to clean water. This project has demonstrated that the poorest and most marginalized members of the community - in this case, survivors of mass rape - can become the most important people in their communities. All the restaurants within Minova implemented hygiene and sanitation strategies by using the BioSand water filters in all their daily water use activities.