Global Human Services, a 501c3 nonprofit based in Seattle, WA, USA plans to create safe water, sanitation, and healthy living solutions for people living in the Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia. Global Human Services will drill three borehole wells about 25 miles apart in the Lower Shabelle Region that will provide safe clean water to over 15,000 Somali women and children who are now traveling long distances to get water.
Nearly 10,000 -15,000 children and women bear the daily burden of spending three to four hours per day just searching for water. Once they find water that often is unsafe for drinking or cleaning, they fill their Jerry cans with it and spend another hour to hour and a half carrying it back home. For a family of four, this water lasts one day and is only enough for drinking and cooking. There is no water left for showering, sanitation, or watering their animals. This water causes many diseases.
The three borehole wells Global Human Services will drill are well suited to remote areas where power is not available. They are easily installed by residents, easily maintained with solar power, and can provide safe, clean water for every home in the villages of the Lower Shabelle.
Every year, for every 1,000 children born, 300 may die from diseases, such as diarrhea, associated with unclean drinking water. When we work together, families in the Lower Shabelle can enjoy safe water and save lives! When droughts hit, villages that have deep water wells can grow gardens and lessen droughts' impact on local food supplies. A reduction in time carrying water has been found to increase school attendance and access to education that influences children's lifelong well-being.