It may seem odd that rainforests – famously wet places – should suffer from drought. But each year the effects of El Nino are more severe and uncontaminated, fresh water is impossible to find.
“DROUGHT HERE IN GADAISU IS BECOMING WORSE EVERY DAY. WHEN WORSE COME TO WORSE THE COMMUNITY WILL STARVE. FOOD GARDENS ARE DRYING UP AND THE COMMUNITY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT GETTING WATER FROM NEARBY VILLAGES BY OUTBOARD MOTOR.” WICKY ISAAC, GADAISU VILLAGE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Thanks to the generosity of Cool Earth’s supporters, we were able to respond straight away and provide emergency assistance to the families in our Yakolima partnership. But in the longer term, the community want to make sure they don’t have to rely on our help. That’s why the community associations decided to invest in eight huge water tanks. In the rainy season, these will fill up with the freshest rainforest water imaginable. And in times of drought, they’ll have a plentiful supply.