Food Crisis Hits Horn of Africa

by Mercy Corps
Mar 28, 2013

Continuing to Provide Clean Water for Anab

A woman collects water from the reservoir
A woman collects water from the reservoir

Since building a reservoir in the Ethiopian village of Dudmaygag, lives like 18-year-old Anab’s have changed drastically.

Previously, Anab had to walk more than two days to reach a water source. She would bring her family's animals with her, walking in simple sandals on sandy paths studded with rocks to fill jerry cans and bring the much needed water home for cooking, washing and drinking.

In the middle of the worst drought in 60 years, fetching water was her most important task. But since - because of you - Mercy Corps built a reservoir near her village, getting clean water is not such a chore. Anab now fetches water several times a week and even sometimes daily. 

Anab continues to care for her family, but now she has also become an advocate to get more reservoirs in her village and the surrounding ones as, because of lack of rain and increased use as people find out about the reservoir, the water can get depleted rapidly in a month. But even with the lack of water, the atmosphere around the reservoir remains one of extreme support for one another mixed with deep appreciation of what has been done for them.

Because of your generosity, Anab, and many others in the community, are now able to focus on other aspects of life besides fetching water.

Thank you for continuing to care about the people like Anab in the Horn of Africa!

With gratitude, 


Women collect water from the reservoir
Women collect water from the reservoir
People help one another retrieve the water
People help one another retrieve the water



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