Millions of people in the Horn of Africa struggle to access safe water. The growing impact of climate change has caused rainy seasons to fail year after year, so that severe droughts have become regular in countries like Somalia and Kenya. Water shortages have caused displacement, diarrhoea-related deaths and a rise in malnutrition. They’ve cost the lives of thousands of animals, with people barely surviving.
African Relief Fund’s (ARF) Water Programme works with affected communities in semi-arid areas of Somalia and Eastern Ethiopia. For over 20 years, we’ve provided clean water to desperate people through various means. Now, with the ongoing drought that has affected 90% of countries like Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, the need is even more urgent.
You can build a water well for just £250.
ARF builds wells and drills boreholes providing groundwater for people and their animals. Giving communities easy access to fresh water, means people don’t have to walk long distances to find and fetch water from ponds and lakes. It saves them time, which women can better spend working and caring for their families, and children can use to learn. Groundwater solutions also improve a community’s health and wellbeing. With clean water readily available, people don’t have to risk consuming surface water which can often be contaminated, causing diarrheal diseases.
Before ARF starts building, we conduct field research with the local community to better understand prevailing conditions as well as the means and needs of the people who live there. Only then do we plan our interventions. In this way, we ensure that the water aid we provide is suitable and beneficial in the long term. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the negative effects of recurrent droughts and famine while addressing current challenges that the communities face.
A borehole costs only £400 to drill.
ARF’s Water Programme has improved the lives of thousands across the Horn of Africa, but the escalating impacts of climate change and drought conditions means more and more natural water resources are drying. To help affected people, we’re working to increase our efforts. Can you support us?
You can help build a solar powered water well system which can benefit a whole village for just £500.
Building a well is ceaseless charity – Sadaqah Jariyah. This means your one-time donation will ensure hundreds of people will have life-giving water for years and years to come and you will continue earning rewards for this. You can give Sadaqah Jariyah to build a well for yourself or on behalf of a deceased loved one. May you benefit from the blessings of your gift, as long people and animals continue to quench their thirst at your well.
Give £20 monthly to contribute to one village’s groundswell project.
A woman collects water in a rusty tin from the dried-up pool that once was a thriving lake, until droughts left it parched. It takes her ten minutes to fill the water in a jerry can, the only time she is not walking from the moment she leaves home in the early hours of the morning. If she leaves while it’s dark, it is still cool when she returns, two hours later; this time with her load. This mother of five used to have an old wheelbarrow but had to trade it for food some months ago, when money was scarce; and food for her family was even scarcer.
This was the reality for many women like Aasha Mohamud Hassan until we were able to give her village a water well system.
ARF’s water well system in Falayryaale has benefited six thousand families, from the village and surrounding areas, as well as their livestock. Powered by a sophisticated solar system, it generates enough energy to pump water and allow the community to charge their mobile phones! The water that is pumped is stored in a water tank which is connected to a modern tap system under a kiosk, which provides shade for users. It has troughs for watering animals, and a guardhouse and storeroom to keep equipment safe. Falayryaale’s water well is not only eco-friendly, it’s sustainable too.
Yaasiin Geesy Mohamed, used to have to walk his camels for many miles to the old water source so they could drink, and he could collect water for his family’s needs. The water that they used was neither clean nor sufficient and he would be exhausted on his return. The well and water kiosk makes it so much easier for him now.