Provide famine relief to families in Somalia

 
$13,533
$11,467
Raised
Remaining
Aug 18, 2011

Water is flowing in drought-affected community

New pump being delivered.
New pump being delivered.

There is water in Damajale, Kenya today, bringing relief and smiles to the faces of thirsty children and families.

About a week ago, the only deep well in this village along the Kenya-Somalia border failed. The pump, 150 meters underground, was working round the clock and finally quit.

Damajale is one of many host communities that has seen a massive influx of refugees. In the past month, an additional 2,000 to 3,000 people have arrived here, having walked for days – even weeks – in search of food and water.

Fatuma, a mother of eight, was brought to tears when she realized there was no water. She had walked 30 kilometers through the night to Damajale to find only empty jerrycans stacked around the well.

“I struggle to stand here now, because I am so thirsty,” Fatuma said. "I don’t know when I will come back to my home. I may die on the way.”

World Concern is working in Damajale and other outlying host villages to get water and food to people there. Repairing and increasing the capacity of existing wells is one way we’re doing that. We were able to get a new pump flown in, and engineers worked through the night to fix the well.

Today, water is flowing from the well.

To those who have donated to the famine response, the chairman of the elders of Damajale says, “You have come and rescued us. May God bless you.”

Kids play in a dry trough.
Kids play in a dry trough.
Asli smiles because there is water!
Asli smiles because there is water!

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World Concern

Seattle, WA, United States
http://www.worldconcern.org

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Joanne Felci

Seattle, Washington United States

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