Water is now Accessible in Dayax


Solar panel installed to pump water from the shallow well to the water kiosk

Dayax Village is a village located 12 km from Dollow and 2.5 km to the river Dawa. For the Dayax village residents, accessing clean and affordable water has been a problem for generations.  Women and children have had a hard time traveling many kilometers a day in search of water. The only water source a shallow well was in a dilapidated state due to damages by floods. The residents struggled to access water due to lack of any other water sources for domestic use and their livestock. The community was left in limbo years ago after the main diesel engine used to pump water developed a technical problem and was not repaired due to financial problems.


Nima Muhamud collecting water from the water kiosk

Nima Mohamud, mother of two recalls how the water situation was dire before NAPAD’s intervention. Nima and her fellow women experienced many challenges to quench their families’ thirst daily. In groups, women used to trek roughly 5 kilometers to and from river Dawa, twice a day as a daily routine to fetch water for their families.

Early in the morning I will go to the river in the company of other women equipped with my Jerri cans, fetch water for my family. We traveled for one hour to and from the river”. Nima narrates.

The tiresome journey of fetching water was worsened by insecurity especially for the young girls as it was not safe to go collect water on their own. Wild animals such as crocodiles also posed a threat for those fetching water in the river. 


Young girls from Dayax Village comfortably collecting water from the new water kiosk

To help resolve these problems, NAPAD with funding from Norwegian Church Aid- through the ‘Drought Resilience Program’, implemented a WASH project that has now enabled residents of this village to access clean, safe, and affordable water within at least 500m from their homesteads. 

The newly constructed water kiosk

The intervention comprised of the rehabilitation of Dayax shallow well near the river Dawa which was achieved through Cash for Work, the establishment of a hybrid solar water pumping system, rehabilitation of water pipework from the shallow well to the water kiosk, and the construction of a water kiosk in village.


Rehabilitated Dayax village Shallow well

It has been three months since the Dayax village residents started enjoying clean, safe, and affordable water. The water kiosk is now strategically built about 500 meters away from the homesteads to reduce the distance walked to and from the village. The water kiosk is also fitted with 8 taps and serves eight people at once and is serving approximately 1500 residents of  Dayax village.

The whole village is a few minutes away from the kiosk, we access the water anytime and at any moment. From morning to evening and even night.  Previously, the water we fetch was never enough but now plenty…On behalf of the village, want to thank NAPAD for establishing this important project for us. We say thank you NAPAD and the donors who made this project possible’’.  appreciated Nima. 

INCENTIVES KEEP TEACHERS IN SCHOOL IN GEDO SOMALIA.

Mr. Abdifatah Mohamed Muhumed, a 28-year-old headteacher of Alqalam primary school in Balethawa

In Somalia, school absenteeism not only stems from the lack of children in the schools but also the empty teacher’s desk. Teacher absenteeism has been caused mainly by insecurity compounded by a lack of payment and low salaries.

To add salt to injury, confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Somali Government closed all public and private educational institutions to contain the virus’s spread. The school closure became effective on 21 March 2020, mostly impacting teachers who mainly work in private and community-owned schools.

In Alqalam primary school in Balethawa, we meet Mr. Abdifatah Mohamed Muhumed, a 28-year-old headteacher. Schools have just reopened after a five-month closure.  With the sound of childish laughs fading into the distance, Abdifatah gives us insight into his work as a teacher.

For many years we have grappled with inadequate salaries and a lack of teachers in most schools in our area. Still, we persevered in the quest to provide our children with an education, through the little support offered by the community and the parents. The coronavirus pandemic imposed a radical switch and brought about unprecedented hardships on most teachers in the area.”

The closure of schools by The Ministry of Health saw many teachers without a source of income, as many schools could not afford to pay the teachers. Several qualified teachers left to look for alternative sources of income. Now the schools have reopened, and there are even fewer teachers than before.

To enhance equitable access to basic quality primary education to the minority and marginalized communities through education for peace and sustainable development support in Gedo, NOMADIC ASSISTANCE FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT with funding from NORWEGIAN CHURCH AID supported 84 primary school teachers and 20 primary headteachers from 20 schools with teacher incentives. The headteachers were supported with $100 monthly incentives while the teachers were supported with $90 monthly incentives.

The teacher’s incentives also motivate me to deliver quality education to our children.

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Mr. Abdifatah Mohamed Muhumed in the classroom during a lesson.

I am very grateful for the support and much more so during the pandemic. The incentives helped me carry on with my profession and retained me to ensure students had teachers when school reopened. It also helped me during the pandemic as it was the only income that I had to support my family. The teacher’s incentives also motivate me to deliver quality education to our children,” Says Abdifatah.

NCA-NAPAD Project Ensures Taps Never Run Dry in Dolow District

The aftermath of the 2017 drought had devastating effects, leaving half of Somalia’s population with food and water shortages. Portable water became scarce and existing water supplies became unfit for consumption, accelerating water borne diseases. One year after the drought, vulnerable communities still felt the pangs of famine. There was slow recovery from the aftershocks of drought for most rural communities as food and water shortages were still existing. To address this, Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development (NAPAD) in partnership with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) implemented a WASH intervention in Somalia’s Gedo region helping vulnerable communities regain their balance post-drought period.

The NCA Drought Response and Recovery Program, implemented two years ago enabled drought stricken communities in Qurdubey and Busle village, Dolow District to access safe, equitable and sustainable access to water. The project consisted rehabilitation of a shallow well, installation of a solar pumping system, construction of a 20,000 elevated water tank and a water kiosk in each of the village. The water project is also extended to important institutions in the village such as hospitals and schools, providing clean water to Qurdubey and Busle Primary schools and health centres.

Besides helping the communities quench their thirst, the project put in place sustainable measures to uplift the communities. Water kiosks were fitted with charging ports as a means of generating income and fencing of the kiosks to ensure safety for the communities as they access water.

Qurdubey- ‘My queens no longer worry about water’

Kusoow Ibrahim accompanies his two sons and two daughters to Qurdubey Village water kiosk as they fetch water for their family. Two years ago, his wife and daughters, in the company of other women would trek a total of 6KM to and fro River Ganane every morning and evening to fetch water. His wife and children had to perform this treacherous task religiously to quench their thirst.

Kusoow Ibrahim with his two sons and one of his daughters at the water kiosk

Like in most rural villages of Somalia, water fetching is a task mostly reserved for women. The long and tiresome journeys in search of water are usually coupled with insecurity. Wild animals such as crocodiles are imminent threats when fetching water along the river banks.

“I knew what it meant for us, especially for my family. Ever since this project was implemented, my queens no longer worry about water or travel for hours to the River as the water kiosk is a stone throw away…”

kUSOOW IBRAHIM

”I was the happiest man on earth when this project became a reality. I knew what it meant for us, especially for my family. Ever since this project was implemented, my queens no longer worry about water or travel for hours to the River as the water kiosk is a stone throw away,” says the father of 12.  

Kusoow Ibrahim with one of his daughters. In rural Somalia, water fetching is a task mostly reserved for women.

The water kiosk fitted with 8 taps serves eight people at ago, and provides clean treated water to more 1,800 people. The charging ports in the water kiosk ran by the water management committee help generate income and act as subsidies for the residents in return.

The Qurdubey Water kiosk serves over 1,800 people

”Every family pays 35 Bir (1.50 Dollars) as fee for every month. The destitute and those with special needs are not charged,” Kussow explains.

Since 2018, water problems in Qurdubey village and its environs is a thing of the past and many families have now shifted their minds on other activates such farming.

Busle- ‘Alhamdulillah! we are less than five minutes away from the water point’

A few kilometres from Qurdubey Village is Busle Village where Mama Ebla fetches water for her family at the Busle water kiosk. This is a chore she has observed diligently since her teenage years, only that now the water has been brought closer to her. It’s almost two years since Mama Ebla and other Busle Village residents have been accessing water without a hitch. The mother of five recalls how in the past she would trek 8KM to and fro River Ganane twice on daily basis to fetch water for her family.

“We would travel two and half hours to and from the river every time I fetch water…”

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Mama Ebla fetxhing water at the Busle water kiosk

”Early in the morning I would go to the river in the company of other women, equipped with my jerricans to fetch water for my family and on my way back again I would collect firewood along the way and put it on my back. We would travel two and half hours to and from the river every time I fetch water, ” Mama Ebla narrates.

Mama Ebla and the community were offered respite after NAPAD and NCA implemented the project. Since May 2018, the project has been providing clean water to 500 households in Busle village and three neighbouring villages; Maskino, Kulunle and Ramagororo villages. 

“We couldn’t believe that we were no longer trekking to the river to fetch water. Alhamdulillah! we are less than five minutes away from the water point and I am grateful that I can access it anytime,” says Mama Ebla with a smile.

NAPAD and NCA Reach 6,000 Students In A Text Book Distribution In Dollow and Belet Hawa Districts

Access to quality education in most parts of Somalia is hindered due to lack of adequate resources such as proper infrastructure, human personnel and books. NAPAD in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) distributed a total of 850 textbooks to 8 Schools in Dollow and Belet Hawa, Districts with the least district level school developments in Somalia.

Through the project, ‘Education for Peace and Sustainable Development’ launched in January 2019, over 6,000 students benefited from the distribution of school text books in the two Districts located in Gedo region. Belet Hawa has a high population of schools in the town while Dollow has low literacy levels especially in the villages.

In Dollow District, five schools; Surgadud, Dusey, Qurdubey, Busle, and Gondobow Primary Schools were reached while in Belet Hawa District Dawa, Oda, and Al-Qalam Primary Schools were reached in the distribution.  In the selected schools, only teachers and very few students could afford to buy textbooks.

The distribution of Maths, English, Sciences, Arabic, tarbiyaha islamiyaha (religious studies), Somali language, Cilmiga Bulshada (social studies) books reached 20 teachers and 1120 students in Belet Hawa while in Dollow, a total of 20 teachers and 920 students were reached.

Somalia has the world’s lowest enrollment rate for primary-school-age children with only 30 per cent of primary school students enrolled according to the UN. NAPAD has been working with NCA in the education front since 2017 to bring equitable access to quality Primary and Secondary education. Through the 2019 project, a total of $ 81,360 in incentives was given to 84 school teachers and $ 31600 given to 20 school head teachers’ between January and November as means to support and promote education.

NAPAD addresses barriers to education for children who are at risk of exploitation, child marriage, and low income households. By working with its partners, communities and local governments, NAPAD seeks to improve the quality of education through construction and equipping of learning centers, human resource for the institutions, food aid, hygiene and sanitation in schools.

NAPAD Marks Global Handwashing Day In Abudwaq And Dollow Districts With Partners

NAPAD marked Global Handwashing Day 2019 by conducting mass handwashing exercises in Dollow and Abudwaq Districts reaching over 300 people. Partnering with the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), NAPAD conducted a handwashing exercise at Unna Primary School in Dollow District. While in Abudwaq District, NAPAD alongside Medico International and the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) marked the event with in a colourful handwashing campaign in Landheer IDP Primary School.

Community members demonstrating proper handwashing in Landheer IDP Primary School, Abudwaq District

With support from its partners, NAPAD conducted the two handwashing campaigns simultaneously during the annual Global Handwashing Day observed on October 15. In Abudwaq District, 140 people were reached while 220 people were reached in Dollow District. School Children, women groups, community elders, and religious leaders were reached in the hygiene promotion outreach campaigns and sensitized about good hygiene practices and positive behavioural changes, including proper hand washing with soap and water.

School Children taking part in the handwashing exercise in Unna Primary School. NAPAD with its partner NCA emphasized importance of clean hands

The handwashing demonstrations conducted by community health workers relayed the 7-step handwashing technique and importance of using soap as an effective, simple and affordable way to prevent diseases. NAPAD field team discussed the importance of hygiene for both health and social reasons and proper disposal of human excreta to curb spread of diseases especially  acute watery diarrhoea and cholera.

School teachers in Landheer Primary School demonstrate proper handwashing with soap and water. Medico International and GFFO supported the campaign reaching 140 people

In areas where water is scarce and there is hardly any running water, villagers especially children suffer from diseases due to poor hygiene. The lack of sanitation, safe water facilities and services and poor hygiene are significant contributors to the high rates of diseases in Somalia. In light of this, NAPAD discussed with the community on the most critical times to wash hands; after visiting the toilet, before eating food, before preparing food, after cleaning childrens’ pot, before breastfeeding, after coughing or sneezing, and after being in contact with animals.

Some of the participants of handwashing exercise in Landheer Primary School

The Global Handwashing 2019 theme of ‘Clean Hands for All’ stressed the need for inclusivity in addressing handwashing disparities. It also focused on the links between handwashing and food- including hygiene and nutrition.

Women group members in Dollow District participate in the handwashing exercise

By marking the yearly handwashing day through campaigns, NAPAD’s advocacy does not end there. NAPAD has been providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions for over 12 years reaching over 55,000 people. Currently, NAPAD and NCA have partnered for a WASH recovery project for vulnerable rural communities in Dollow, Gedo Region through construction of a shallow well and establishment of a water kiosk that will benefit 280 households. In addition, NAPAD is working with MI in construction of an elevated water tank and a water kiosk in Inagabiley, Galgadud region.

Idoy (far left) fetches water from a water kiosk established by NCA and NAPAD

Quenching the Thirst of Jubaland, a Drop at a Time

Every morning and evening, Idoy Amin Daud had an unbreakable routine. At the break of day and before the sun sets, Idoy made a treacherous two-hour journey from Busle Village, Gedo region of the Jubaland State in Somalia to Ganane River in search of a rare commodity, water. With jerricans hoisted on her back, Idoy accompanied with other women made the journey to and fro the river like a pilgrimage. This was a daily routine that she could not afford to miss.

“I would travel two hours to and fro the river every time to fetch water.”

‘’When the sun rises in the morning, I would go to the river in the company of other women, equipped with a 20 liter jerrican. I would fetch water for my family and on my way back, I would collect firewood and put it on my back. I would travel two hours to and fro the river every time to fetch water, ‘’ says the 27 year-old mother of three.

Idoy from Busle Village would trek for two hours to fetch water from a river

Challenges in accessing clean and reliable water due to the prolonged drought periods has forced Idoy and other Busle villagers to make the long and tedious treks. Insecurity and wild animals like crocodiles lurking posed as a threat to the mothers and young girls who have to fetch water for their families.

Idoy’s narrative changed when NAPAD in partnership with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and the Busle community rehabilitated the community water systems. A shallow well was dug up and installation of a solar pumping system was made. Construction of an elevated tank and setting up of an operational water kiosk made water readily accessible to the Busle villagers. Water connection was also made to Busle Primary School and a Health Center and clean water is available within 500m of households in the village.

Solar powered water pumping system that serves Busle shallow well

“I am relived now as I no longer trek several Kilometers to the river every day. The water kiosk is just a 10-minute walk from my home.”

“I am relived now as I no longer trek several Kilometers to the river every day. The water kiosk is just a 10-minute walk from my home. I can fetch water anytime and at any moment, ‘’ says Idoy with a broad smile plastered on her face.

Idoy (far left) fetches water from a water kiosk established by NCA and NAPAD

Like many Busle villagers, Idoy has been saved the agony of travelling long distances in search of clean water. She thanked NAPAD and NCA for the life-changing project which she said has positively transformed the lives of girls and women. She says that risks to girls and women has been mitigated and that there is reduced health complications related to carrying heavy loads on their backs. Many families including Idoy’s now concentrate their energies on other productive chores such as farming and increasing household incomes.