The location of Eldamokia community is known to have limited accessibility to potable water for human consumption as it lies in an area where underground water can rarely be found. Children from the area have to fetch water for their families before the school day starts. This denied some children an opportunity to go to school, as well as exposing them to risks.
I used to walk more than 5 km every day to fetch water
More than 400 families within the community were suffering from the lack of water. Community members had to stand in long queues to get water from cars which brought water every 3 days from the nearby communities. The community also unsuccessfully attempted to dig their own borehole to reach underground water.
Students in local schools also suffered from a lack of drinkable water. Nasra, a sponsored child, is one of the children who suffered. She said “I used to walk more than 5 km every day to fetch water.”
With the support of Plan International Canada, Nasra, her siblings and community members benefited from the borehole which was established in Eigaila community. In addition 2 water points have been installed in the community near Nasra’s house and inside the local school. As part of the project, school latrines have also been built which are benefiting 379 students.
More than 5,000 people from Eldamokia and the surrounding communities now have access to potable water and more than 400 sheep, camels, goats and cows drink water from the borehole. Moreover, the latrines and water point inside the school provide a safe and healthy learning environment for the children.