No More 14KM Walks!

Published March 8, 2016 by Safe Water Project Team

halima donkey water Halima, ready to take the water she has fetched back home.

 

IMAGINE WALKING 14KM EVERY DAY WITH YOUR DONKEY UNDER THE SCORCHING SUN TO FETCH WATER FOR DOMESTIC USE.

Until recently, this is what Halima Hussein Hassan, a pastoralist mother of eight, had to go through on a daily basis. Today, however, Halima is happy after a borehole was drilled in her village with support from Muslim Charity.

Halima told us how drought and the absence of a permanent source of water had made accessing water very difficult for her and her fellow villagers. Before Adeso’s Safe Water project, she used to get water either from Dhobley, 14km away from her village, or Liboi, a town along the Kenya-Somalia border, which is 18km away. She used to make the journey by foot together with her animals and donkey cart.

“Getting water was my community’s biggest issue and the little we got from those towns was not enough for drinking and household use. This led to poor hygiene. The water was also expensive to buy for most of us,” explains Halima.

Halima used to spend about USD 3 a day to buy six jerry cans of water, which is a lot of money in her community.  Today, she gets water for free.

“I am no longer worried about the rains and when they will come, I can now rest from the long treks to fetch water,” she said. “Now I have permanent, clean and free water for drinking and washing. No more covering distances to get water. I can go and fetch water anytime with much ease.”