Bulahar is a small village in the Sahil province of Somaliland (a region that separated from Somalia in 1991). It is located less than 2 kilometers from the sea. There is a police station, a city hall, a school, two stores, two snack bars, a mosque and a health clinic under construction. Many truckers stop by for a rest or a meal on their way from the capital to Djibouti. Hundreds of nomads and their herds camp within a radius of 30 kilometers from the village. They live in the savannah and come to the village for supplies.
But Bulahar has a water supply problem, The water used for drinking by both people and livestock comes from wells that have been dug out by hand a few feet away from the sea or from the beds of dried out rivers. Contaminated by feces from both domestic and wild animals and with a high salinity rate, the water from those open air waterholes can be fatal to children and pregnant women.
The region has received little rain in the last four years. Women and children often walk several kilometers to find water, carrying 20 liter jerrycans on their back. Water chores interfere with school attendance and jeopardize children education. Men spend hours watering the herds. Without running water, the nearly completed health clinic cannot operate. In the little snack bars, the waitresses use the same water over and over again to wash the dishes. Schoolchildren all drink from the same barrel, using the same glass. As a result, many people suffer from diarrhea and other illnesses caused by contaminated water.
Our source of motivation
By drilling a water borehole in Bulahar, Biyo-H2O intends to significantly change and improve the living conditions of its inhabitants. Approximately one thousand people, villagers and nomads, will have access to safe drinking water.
Access to water means much more than drinking water. It means :
- better resistence to the recurring drought and food scarcity
- better food diversity through the growing of vegetables
- better health
- better education enrolment rate
Every drop counts, please add yours!