The water crisis is a severe issue in Somalia, with just 45% of Somalis having access to sufficient water sources. 75% of the population don’t have access to improved sanitation or hygiene practices, which can lead to diseases such as cholera among women and children. Below-average rainfall in 2016 paired with El Nino-induced weather extremes, which had a severe impact on the livelihoods, as well as the food and water systems, across the Horn of Africa. The water shortage led to a humanitarian crisis in these countries, including Somalia.
UMR WASH Project focuses on improving the availability of clean water and sanitation to 2,500 vulnerable households located in IDP camps and host communities in the Gedo Region, Somalia. This program will be achieved through the rehabilitation of existing water sources, providing water treatment systems, and the provision of adequate hygiene facilities, including latrines. Hygiene promotion sessions will also be carried out by trained hygiene promoters to push for positive behavioral change.
UMR is constructing water wells in remote areas of Somalia, where women and children are forced to walk for miles through unsafe areas each day in search of clean water.