Begun in 2011, a well and fluoride filtration system for the Burgei project were commissioned in 2012. Many of the people in the village of Burgei suffer from Skeletal Fluorosis, a crippling bone disease caused by excessive intake of fluoride. The only water source for the Burgei people contains dangerously high levels of the compound, and is located more than six miles from the village. Each day, school children make this trek to collect the water that is making them sick. The village stands little chance without a new source of safe drinking water. Clean water now flows freely, and village school children no longer have to carry 60-pound containers from a water source six miles away from their homes.
The clinic and schools in the Chiredzi District currently operate without access to running water. Aged and desolated by war, the existing infrastructure no longer runs. A donkey cart must be taken to the nearest hand pump borehole where five gallon buckets are filled with water. This water must service the needs for all the villagers seeking treatment and care from the clinic as well as the 1,000 village children attending school. The community cannot carry on without their own source of water.
Although the government of Botswana had identified Mabule as a community in need of additional water resources, it did not have the resources to fund improvements. As a result, residents of this village of mud huts and air brick buildings were forced to walk many miles to the nearest water source in order to collect water for their daily activities. The new, centrally-located well provided by FWWF now provides clean water to more than 3,500 people in Mabule and its sister villages of Sekhutlane and Tshidilamolomo.