Rehabilitating Roads to Build Community Resilience
Published November 8, 2018 by Muna Ali
Over the strong gusts of wind, you could still hear the sounds of the workers singing as they unload sand and rocks from the back of trucks and fill the ditches along the way with it.
The roads are accessible now, but during the Gu' rains (April-June 2018), flash floods cut off major roads to El-dibir village in the Galmudug area of Somalia. This affected the mobility of people and the transportation of food and other essential supplies. According to the community members, in one week, twelve vehicles got stuck in muddy, broken roads leading to the village.
As the severe drought subsides and communities recover from the drought impact, the community in El-dibir prioritized rehabilitating the important roads linking them to main villages like Galkayo, as part of Adeso's cash for work intervention in their village. The intervention presented members from the drought-affected community with an opportunity to rehabilitate their community assets while earning an income. The CfW intervention is a component of Hobyo and Haradheere Emergency life-saving project (HELP).
“It is better now that it is dry. But these roads get flooded by water runoff during the rainy seasons forming deep ditches where vehicles get stuck. This affected the village very much. Sometimes, we were stranded in the village for weeks without any movement in or out to transport goods, including food items and rush sick people to hospitals in big cities like Galkayo." Says Abdiraham Sheikh Hassan the mayor of Eldibir.
The communities are using the conditional cash transfers to restore communal water sources such as the water pans, shallow wells, Barkards and roads in target areas. In many places like El-dibir, the community prioritized the implementing activities that will help them recover from current disasters and prevent future ones. The community pooled resources and material available to them such as rocks, sand, and trucks for the transportation of laborers and material while the project paid them for their work.
“When people come together, they can do a lot for their common interest. We realized that we can mobilize the people and the resources need to do things that will improve our community’s wellbeing. We hope to continue these activities even after the intervention.” Said Shafie Ahmed, one of the casual laborers.
Adeso has partnered with Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) to implement this project. The project helped 15,000 people improve households' access to their urgent need of food through unconditional and conditional cash transfers in 8 vulnerable villages in Hobyo district, Mudug Region.