Page 3, 4th September 1981

4th September 1981
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Page 3, 4th September 1981 — HOW TO STOP A MONSOON WITH A PARAPET

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The great problem in the diocese of Daltonganj in India's Bihar province is water. There is not enough of it. It isn't available in enough places. And what there is isn't safe to drink.

You can guess the consequences for the four million people living there, most of them marginal farmers. Malaria, malnutrition and only one crop, the rice or maize they depend on, can be grown. This is during July to September, the monsoon season. Ironically the monsoon waters contaminate what water there is because they run into the wells.

And this is where we come in, through CAFOD, to show that we all belong to one world-wide human family.

CAFOD is providing funds to buy cement and stones to build parapets around the wells. CAFOD is working with the village councils and the local priest who has known the region for years, to build 250 of these parapets. The chronic cement shortage throughout India has held things up but 164 wells are now protected. Which means clean water and crops of wheat and vegetables to add to the rice and maize.

Individuals, parishes and schools have made this project work through their sacrifices, many through CAFOD's Friday Self-Denial Scheme. Will you send us the coupon and join them?

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