The villages of Bagacay and Kauswagan are just among the more than a hundred communities in the country with no less than 30,000 people each that are being served by ram pump units.
This year, AIDFI is set to install 30 to 40 ram pump units in other upland regions in the country, in partnership with people’s organizations and local government units.
Even more important are the on-going negotiations with some international organizations for the installation of ram pump units in some Asian and Latin American countries.
In 2007, three ram pump units were installed in war-torn Kunduz River Basin, Northern Afghanistan. The project was made possible through the request and support of an international development funding agency, Mercy Corps, which already has a long time presence in Afghanistan, and with European Union (EU) funds.
In 2008, AIDFI set up ram pumps for irrigation in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Auke Idzenga, a Dutch engineer who has lived in the Philippines since the 1970s and one of the key founders and movers of AIDFI, has a simple but clear vision for his organization: ���Our appropriate technologies especially the ram pump system are meant to address the gap between water-rich lowlands and water-less upland communities, cognizant that water is vital both for household needs and spurring sustainable agricultural development.”
He also explained that these technologies are not separate from AIDFI’s main thrust of pursuing integral community development as its core strategy.
“In the long run, the way we as people and government deal and manage our rich water sources will determine the outcome of our initiatives in bridging the gaps between uplands and lowlands, rural and urban, and the poor and the rich,” Auke concluded. (Bulatlat.com)