Essential though it is for daily life and health, access to clean water is not always a simple proposition for families and communities in the Horn. Indeed, women and children are often required to walk miles each day in order to fetch water from the nearest well for household and agricultural needs. These long walks put women and children at risk for violence or attack from wildlife, as well as preventing opportunities to pursue work or school. Constructing water wells within or adjacent to villages has significant and direct impacts on community health, wellness, and sanitation indicators. As part of a comprehensive effort, ARAHA often seeks to incorporate sanitation improvements and training into water projects to multiply the benefits of the well.
Communities in the Horn each have their own specific water context. In most areas, groundwater is relatively easy to access; here, ARAHA constructs simple and inexpensive hand-dug water wells with an easy-to-use hand pump. These shallow wells are a cost-effective way to provide water to communities for a decade or more. In other areas, accessing […]