Three beneficiaries of our project in Sudan tell us how much their life has improved after the rehabilitation of the water sources in their villages.
Intisar Mahamoud Defallah, mother of 6, lives in Lil village of Umbaru locality in North Darfur, Sudan. On her way back home after fetching water, Intisar explains what difficulty she and her family used to have prior to rehabilitation of the water point near her home.
“Travelling 3 hours is not easy for us and we sometimes used to take only one jerry can per day for the whole family and during the rainy season we used to drink water from the surface instead of traveling such distance. Now that the water point is just 10 minutes from my home, I can take as much water as I need and I sometimes come twice per day and I am grateful for this as I now can take care of my family better ”
Intisar is one of the 16,070 beneficiaries who have received access to safe and adequate water in North Darfur thanks to the “Emergency Response to increase access to safe water and to promote resilience of affected population in North Darfur, Sudan” project implemented by COOPI with the support granted from the European Commission (the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department — ECHO).
The project was implemented also in the area of Kornoi, one of the localities in North Darfur with high influx of returnees who had been displaced to Chad since the beginning of the conflict in 2003. With relative stability in Kornoi, more than 10,000 returnees have arrived in 2015 alone and the number continued to rise in 2016. Fragile livelihood and already weakened basic service delivery in the area have made reintegration of the returnees extremely challenging. Due to the added population competition over limited water resources have pose threat both to the returnees and host community. Our project has rehabilitated 4 water schemes in Kornoi providing access to 2,913 beneficiaries where 37% are new returnees.
Musa Abdulla is an Omda (traditional leader) in Gumria Village of Kornoi Locality where COOPI has recently upgraded a hand pump to motorized scheme in order to meet the high water demand as a result of the newly arrived returnees.
Musa during a hygiene campaign in Gumria explains that the hand pump, the only existing water source in the village, was already inadequate to cover the water need of Gumria and nearby villages. “The water site was always crowded. With the arrival of more than 850 returnees in our village, women had to wait up to 4 hrs in queue sometimes not returning home up to late night. Now with the new upgraded scheme, we have 10 distribution faucets and we don’t need to wait long to get water. We have now adequate water not only for ourselves; we can water our animals as well.”
Fatima and Rwida live in Karkara village of Mellit locality. Their hand pump, the only water source in the village was destroyed during tribal conflict in 2015. Fatima explains, “For the last 10 months we have been fetching water from Sayah (the next administrative unit) traveling 3 and half hours on foot. Sometimes I have the chance to use my neighbor’s donkey to transport water. In that case I can fetch up to 4 Jerry can to myself and my family. But on ordinary day I was forced to use only one Jerry can per day as that is what I can transport on my back. I am very happy to see the water point rehabilitated and I pray for god it will not be destroyed again by another tribal conflict.”
By Dawit Hailesslase, Project Manager COOPI Sudan