Rehabilitation of water ponds in Ethiopia's Somali region providing 1,500 families access to clean water sources, essential for the survival of people and livestock.
Ethiopia’s Somali Region was badly affected by the drought of 1999/00, with loss of lives and animals from depleted water resources and diseases. This situation is exacerbated for older people caring for grandchildren where parents have died or moved away in search of pasture. Natural water ponds are used to store water for the dry season. Many in the project area have silted up and need their water holding capacity increased through dredging (cleaning) which will benefit 1,500 families.
Our project addresses rehabilitation needs through practical interventions to improve livelihood & reduce vulnerability. This is met by increasing availability of water through cleaning silted-up natural ponds increasing the amount of water they hold
Water is crucial for survival for both the people and the camels that form the basis of the Somali pastoralists' way of life, as well as providing much-needed employment opportunities for local inhabitants.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Ethiopia Background Information
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