Our latest Book of the Month is How to make a hand pump by Thomas Simb Simb, donated by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation).
Since 2015, CTA have donated almost 55,000 of their practical guides to Book Aid International. These booklets are created especially for rural communities in developing countries. They cover a wide range of topics which focus on improving agriculture and sanitation, from animal health and increasing crop yield to using mobile phones for rural agricultural communication. The use of simple diagrams and text makes these booklets easy to follow.
The books CTA have donated so far this year include copies of this guide to building a well and hand pump using easily accessible materials such as old car tyres, pipes and wood. Having access to this kind of knowledge and information can be transformational for a rural community.
For example, the booklet explains that the long-handled pump makes drawing water safer than the traditional rope and bucket method. It also improves sanitation by reducing the risk of contamination. In addition, this form of water fetching requires less effort. The time and effort saved frees up water collectors (often women and children) to spend more time on other activities such as reading and education.
Book Aid International’s partners often request practical books on engineering and sanitation. This booklet fulfils both those needs and copies have already been sent to partners in many of the countries we work in, including Practical Tools Initiative in Sierra Leone who will use them in their skills training programmes in prisons and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.