Providing Lifesaving Water in Time of Drought

Published October 8, 2018 by DEAP project team

Children excited at the sight of water pumping, Feb 2018


As the new borehole pump was being tested, the children in Burawadal village in Sool region were excited at the sight of water. In this village of approximately 300 households (2,100 people), access to clean water has been problematic for the past 9 years as the old water pump and borehole pipes would constantly break. As a result, the residents of the village and pastoralists who rely on the borehole for their water needs would to be without water for weeks and months at a time. This would often force them to buy water from water trucks. Water from these trucks would often be sold at higher prices, especially during the dry season.

That changed on 29th February 2018, when the village received a new pump and pipes to be installed for the village’s only borehole to help the drought-affected population access much need water.

“This made a huge difference in our life,” said Mohamed Omar, one of the village elder. “At this time of drought, it was a matter of survival for us. So many people who relied on their livestock for cash lost their only asset in through the drought. It became impossible to afford trucked water which comes from far off places at a high cost.”  

During the installation of the water pump, Feb 2018

Adeso also delivered voucher-based water trucking and provided 40% fuel subsidies for strategic boreholes. This allowed the local community to get affordable water which was critical for the community to survive the hard times.

Through the Drought Emergency Assistance Project (DEAP) funded by USAID/OFDA, Adeso was able to bring lifesaving water to 11,742 HHs (82,200 individuals) in the Sool, Mudug, and Sanaag regions. Ensuring their access to one of their basic Human Rights, their right to clean water.

In addition to clean water the families received hygiene promotion training and hygiene kits (including water storage containers household utensils, soap, nail clippers, cups, and waste collection and disposal tools) and hygiene and sanitation training. These measures improved the hygiene condition at household and individual level and reduced the vulnerability of the drought affected population to waterborne diseases.