Water Shortage No Longer a Challenge for Degellema Residents!

Published March 8, 2016 by Abdullatif Osman

A man quenchs his thirst at the newly set up borehole, Degellama, Dhoobley, Somalia 

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. 

The village had no water sources, its residents relied on scare water ponds available from the minimal rainfall. Very often they walked long distances to collect water, with Dhoobley town been the nearest water point , 18 KM away, followed by Liboi town, 35 KM away, on the Kenya side of the border.  Women had to take the burden of water collection, using donkeys and at times carrying water with their own hands. 
The local residents now sigh with relief because they don’t have to weave through the wilderness to collect water. Free of charge, the borehole serves everyone, it equally provides room for livestock herders in need of water for their animals from nearby towns, even as far as Ijara town, in the hinterland Kenya. 

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.”

Faadumo can fathom the distress of walking many miles in search of water. Now the water is near to her and things are different, as a result her energy and time is saved. For Bishar, he has high hopes and believes that with water abundance, the village will experience increase in trade activities.