Lovers of Rain

Written by: Callie

Posted on February 22, 2016

Are you a pluviophile? That is, someone who loves rain? If you live in the Welsh village of Eglwyswrw, that has had 85 consecutive rainy days, you probably aren’t.

For rainforest villages, rain is everything. When it doesn’t fall, there’s big trouble for the forest and for families. It’s a tragic irony that in an environment used to two metres of rainfall each year (we get about 70 cm in the UK); droughts threaten to destroy communities that have protected the rainforest for generations.

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Wicky Isaac, Cool Earth’s community coordinator in Papua New Guinea reported this week that the drought caused by a severe El Niño is still making access to clean, safe water really tough.

“The people of Wabumari community, especially the younger children are worse hit by dizziness, headaches, cold and flu, sore eyes tummy aches, vomiting and diarrhoea. Drinking water sources have become seared or scorched, creeks and rivers have dried up, water holes have become murky and springs have ceased to flow. The people have to walk five kilometres into the forest in search of water.”

Cool Earth is working to ensure every one of its 155 village partners has fresh water by the end of 2016. And the support from Fuel Card Services means we can start immediately. In Peru we will install the spring fed systems we pioneered in 2012. In DR Congo we will install an underground storage tank to provide school children with clean water. And in Papua New Guinea, where droughts and salination (from rising sea levels) are rendering traditional wells useless, thanks to our supporters every family will receive a tank plumbed into their roofs, so that when the precious rain comes, it’s safely stored.

 

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