Six year old Anya lives in the middle of the desert, surrounded by some of the biggest sand dunes in Mongolia. Due to the harsh desert conditions in her community, clean drinking water is in short supply. The little water that is available has to be shared between several families and their livestock, as well as nomadic herders who often pass through with their own livestock, in search of water. The area also attracts many tourists, so the demand for water is extremely high. The shallow wells which are available are often contaminated as a result of the shared use between humans and animals.
To assist Anya and her family, Just a Drop built a new – and deeper – well which now delivers clean, fresh water to all of the families and herders in the area. The well has since become central to community life, and has allowed them to continue living in the desert. The new water supply has also enabled the community to build a new health clinic which will benefit over 3,000 people in the region.
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Date of Project: 2011