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Water Projects in Somalia

Water Projects in Somalia

Published: July 8, 2011

Community crews work to create a large water catchment. This project with serve 2000 people and help to supply them and their animals with water. See a full slideshow of the Water Project.

Photo: AFSC

Somalia is experiencing the worst drought in decades. The Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in every three children living in South-Central Somalia is malnourished according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The drought’s impact has been exacerbated by the increase in food prices and ongoing violent conflict.  The violence makes it incredibly difficult to deliver vital supplies of food, water and emergency provisions inside Somalia.

Water is an incredibly essential supply for pastoralists and the animals on which they depend. AFSC in partnership with a local group in the Gedo region of South Central Somalia rehabilitated water catchments to lessen the chance of a resource based conflict by providing a water point. 

The project also boosted the income of small vulnerable groups experiencing food insecurity and famine conditions by providing short-term employment.

The excavated loose soil was used to build the dam wall in a way that it circles the catchment. The dam wall was built to a height of 1 meter. The wall will provide protection to the water catchments during the rainy season.

Each water catchment is managed by a locally selected water committee. The two committees have been trained in peace building, water resource management and maintenance of the catchments. 

Several people were involved in the cash for work activities and beneficiated by accessing cash. However the following 3 people are among the many beneficiaries of the project.

In the end a population of more than 2000 will benefit from this water project.