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Jakarta Post

Andre Graff: Taking initiative in West Sumba

  • Emanuel Dapa Loka

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 27 2012   /  10:30 am

JP/Emanuel Dapa LokaAfter struggling with a clean water shortage for generations, people in Waru Wora, Lete Malouna, Kangali and Karewe hamlets in Lamboya district, West Sumba, can now enjoy an abundance of water from nearby public taps thanks to the hard work of Frenchman Andre Graff.

One drizzly afternoon earlier this year, four young women from Karewe were walking in a coconut plantation, carrying buckets. They were going to collect water from the taps located about 100 meters from their homes.

They couldn’t hide their joy as they saw Graff, 52, who was checking the water tanks, welcome them. “Come on, come on, get the water!” Graff said, opening the taps to allow clean water to flow, filling Kiri, Ika, Biri Tara and Renny’s three buckets and an earthen jug.

The water came from the Karewe Drinking Water Project initiated by Graff, who has lived in West Su...