Water Shortage No Longer a Challenge for Degellema Residents!
Published March 8, 2016 by Abdullatif Osman
Residents at Degellama village are happy to say goodbye to many years of water scarcity, with the set up of a bore hole in their town, funded by MUSLIM CHARITY and implemented by Adeso. The first thing you notice about the village is the thick ragged bushes that surrond it, with herds of livestock grazing near the homesteads under the blazing sun.
Bishar Ibrahim, the village administrator, gave a detailed account of the challenges they faced in collecting water. “We encountered hardships in the absence of a water source,” he says. “We used to collect water from places as far as Dhoobley town, by use of donkeys.”
He vividly recounts a painful experience he and his village inhabitants had witnessed. “A pregnant woman went to collect water on a donkey cart, and delivered a baby on her way back,” he said.
“We are now relieved of the hunger and fatigue associated with collection of water long distances away. Sometimes we would walk to places as far as 20 Kilometers,”says Fadumo Sheikh Noor, a resident at Degellama Village.
“Now water is on our doorsteps. Collecting water is no longer our issue. We send young girls to fetch it.”
Even if residents didn’t have to endure all the suffering to collect water from far distances, they had to pay large sums of money from donkey carts. “We would buy 20 liter Jerrycan at 8,000 SLSH,” says Faadumo Sheekh Noor, expressing how frustrating and costly the situation was like.
“We use it for drinking, washing, etc. Animals and livestock drink from it.”