Water Tanks in Somalia

10 March, 2020 Somalia, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
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Across Somalia, an estimated 2.9 million people require immediate aid in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Water scarcity in Somalia is evident across many rural and remote regions. In such settings, women and children are often forced to travel long distances in search of water placing them at an increased risk of violence and insecurity.

The vast majority of Somalia’s rural population is located in flood/drought-prone regions and conflict-ridden areas. Waterborne diseases are a constant threat to the health and well-being of Somalia’s IDP population. Across many IDP settlements in Somalia, hand-washing with soap is practiced by very few because of limited access to soap and functional handwashing facilities.

How IDRF is Helping

In 2019, IDRF provided 2,500 households (15,000 IDPs) with access to clean water through direct water trucking to targeted IDP settlements in the Baidoa and Daynile districts for a period of three months. IDRF directly responded to the hygiene and sanitation needs of 1000 households (6000 IDPs) by providing each household with hygiene kits consisting of 240 purifying aqua tabs, 2 Jerry cans, 2 buckets and 3 bars of soap also serving households for a period of three months.
Currently, IDRF in partnership with PHASE facilitated the construction of 2 elevated water tanks in the Banadir region of Somalia and 3 berkads in the Bay and Lower Shabelle regions. Over 44,000 IDPS are being reached through IDRF’s current response in Somalia. Ongoing water trucking to the elevated water tanks and berkads will continue throughout the remainder of this project. Elevated water tanks and berkads are supplying 15 liters of clean water to targeted IDPS weekly.

How You Can Help

A $100 donation will supply clean water and hygiene kits to a household for a period of 3 months.
A $500 donation will help support the construct one elevated water tank or berkad.

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