Brazil

Water for the Bahia area in Brazil

Project description

Thirst is a constant issue for residents of the Bahia region in northeastern Brazil. Permanent drought prevails in this area and climate change has caused the situation to deteriorate dramatically in recent years. Rain fails to arrive in the rainy season and the population has no water for their fields and their cattle, nor for day-to-day hygiene or to drink. Disease and infection are the result, making the lives of the people much more difficult.
It is mainly great soy producers who buy up land in large parts of Brazil. This is why poor farmers frequently lose their land. Many of them were forced to move to the dry and barren Bahia area in northeast Brazil.
It would be impossible for the residents – who provide for themselves by growing vegetables and fishing – to access water without help, meaning that eventually they would have to migrate and settle in the larger cities.
The Styrian “Verein für Quellen & Hilfsprojekte” (association for springs and aid projects) found out that there is enough ground water in this area to secure survival of the people. It constructs water wells in a quick and simple manner, which secure water supply for the people. Greenfinity, supported by donations from the Lyoness Community, financed the construction of over 100 wells, which provide water for 2,500people, a school and a hospital.  For only 500 Euros a well can be built, which benefits up to 20 families. Click here for information on donations.

Project Goals

  • climate protection → counteract slash-and-burn land clearance
  • preserving vegetation and biodiversity
  • securing water supply for people living in the area  → they are not dependent on dirty water
  • counteract illnesses caused by polluted water
  • make growing of vegetables possible
  • provide a livelihood for landless farmers

Project Location

Bahia area (Brazil)

Project Period

December 2013 – December 2018

Financing

The Lyoness Greenfinity Foundation bears any costs in relation to construction, maintenance and repair of the wells.

Covenantee Group

Approx. 2,500 people, a school and a hospital

Project Partner

“Verein für Quellen & Hilfsprojekte” (association for springs and aid projects)
Associação de Projeto Agua y Vida (APAV) (Brasilien)