HIJRA Ensures Access to Save Drinking Water for the Internally Displaced People in Mogadishu

HIJRA Somalia had been working Internally Displaced settlements in Mogadishu since 2011 when returnees from Afgooye corridor had started re-settling settlements established in and outskirts of the city.  The past seven years, different water and sanitation projects were implemented that provided clean potable water for fifty thousand IDPs camped in Zonna K, Hodan district of Mogadishu. Clean potable water means for the IDPs living in the makeshift settlements reduced risk of illnesses and less time away from work and school.

The current on-going project is aimed to provide a total of 89,228 Metric cubic of safe water through 34 tap-stands located at different sites in the settlement camps with an average of 14.5 liters of clean water per person per day.

In addition, ten community based hygiene promoters conducted hygiene promotion in the camps and therefore reached a total of 3,299 households consisting of 22,463 beneficiaries (11,078 male and 11385 female) through house to house visit without double counting and they had been using Information Education Communication materials developed in Somali language for easier understanding for beneficiaries.

Community Based Hygiene Promoters disseminated hygiene promotion messages which included; preparation of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) solutions, proper disposal of solid waste, drinking of chlorinated or boiled water and also hand washing with soap/ash at critical times among IDPs and host communities in Zone K of Hodan district through household visits.

Hygiene kits were also distributed to 104 vulnerable households in the settlement. Each hygiene kit  was consisted of five bars of soap, 200 Tablets of Aqua tabs/water purifier, two Jerry cans(20 liters, 10 liters) two boxes of menstrual hygiene kits and also two washable underwear.

Hassan Ibrahim, one of the community elders in Zona K IDP’s settlement says children demand soap from their parents and they are getting used to washing their hands after using the latrine and thus stay safe from different health problems, especially stomach-related as a result.

HIJRA also provide practical hygiene promotion training in Zona K IDP camps. The results obtained after these trainings were that all trainees believed in the community’s local knowledge and were convinced to work with others to save their environments from any harmful practices.

HIJRA always works to address these issues not only through the provision of clean drinking water and installation of latrines but also supplying of clean sanitary protection kits to mothers and young girls in the Zona K IDP settlement of Hodan district. HIJRA’s goal in the provision of sanitation and hygiene kits is intended to meet the need of IDP women and girls to live with dignity

In response to beneficiary and community needs, HIJRA and its partners continues their joint water and sanitation programming in the Somali Capital city of Mogadishu.

With more than 20 years’ experience in Somalia, HIJRA in collaboration with many partners ensures that IDPs in Mogadishu IDP settlements have access to save and clean drinking water and also practice good hygiene in their settlements.

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