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Water and Sanitation

Water and Sanitation in Somalia

In response to the collapse of the Somali state, the ongoing humanitarian crisis and the continuous conflict HIJRA with partner OXFAM GB initiated an emergency Water, Environment & Sanitation program targeting camps in Lower Shabelle; The Afgooya Corridor and Ceelasha.
 
The initial components of the project were designed to facilitate the provision of safe water and sanitation facilities, the promotion of proper hygiene practice, and the provision of livelihood support. The programs implementation was consider and mandated with specific objectives to address the current problems faced by the water trucking system of supply.  The initiative was therefore designed to provide efficient water distribution through the creation of large platform storage facilities constructed to hold 660,000 liters of Borehole water that would then be channeled to the recipient camp by means of gravity via a 10.5 Km network of piping.
 
The partnership further worked to address the sanitation issues faced inside of the makeshift camps by providing means for the construction of over 4,000 emergency pit latrines and the materials necessary to ensure the distribution of numerous sanitation and survival kits to 1,500 of the most vulnerable families.

Today Approximately 280,000 people benefit from the programs water, sanitation and public health components.
 
The HIJRA Oxfam partnership has been ongoing since 2007.

WES Committees

In its efforts to enhance environmental sanitation projects and community independence HIJRA with partner OXFAM have worked to create volunteer Water, Environmental and Sanitation (WES) committees.

The Committees have been designed to ensure the communities proficiency in proper water management, environmental sanitation and hygiene promotion to ensure self-sufficiency and sustainability upon our exit.

The initiative works to empower the community through trainings on the 5 domains of hygiene promotion, latrine rehabilitation, water spout renovation and camp cleaning, jointly working to train local water attendants on issues of monitoring and water storage cleanliness.

Today over 100 WES committees formed of 9 community volunteers work to provide support to over 150 IDP camps in South Central Somalia.

“Our Committees have worked tirelessly to develop self-sustaining programs of intervention to address the transitory and ever changing needs of the environment. Alongside the thousands of gallons of safe water pumped along the corridor each day, teams work to identify places to build latrnies, hand washing points and disseminate hygiene information. Through our teams we ensured public health and purity standards are met in Ceelasha and Xawa Abdi.” - Ahmed Ibrahim, OXFAM

The Afgooye Corridor

The Afgooye Corridor is located in Lower Shebelle, on the western boundary of Mogadishu.

The district came to the limelight in 2007, when intensified fighting between Ethiopian/Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces, AMISOM and anti-government organizations triggered the displacement of an estimated  800,000  Somalis from Mogadishu; an estimated 200,000 of which are now settled along the 15-kilometer stretch of road in one of the 100s of IDP camps.

Afgooye is an area known to be of considerably less conflict then that of its counterpart in Banadir. However the massive influx of growth from the displaced has led to an estimated 80% of arrivals with little or no access to clean water, food, adequate hygiene facilities and basic supplies.
 
Essentially, the majority of the IDPs from Mogadishu have fled from a war zone to a hunger zone. In order to address the current needs brought about by the continuous influx; response and an up-scaling of emergency activities is ongoing.

 

Afgooye Corridor

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