Water Development Project
Introduction to the Problem:
Ethiopia experiences two rainy seasons – the first, and more reliable, is the Meher (summer) rain which starts in May/June and extends into September/October. The second and less reliable is the Belg (spring) rain which starts in January and continues through to the end of April. As climate change takes hold, local people are less and less able to rely on these regular rainfall patterns.
In 2009 the Belg rains failed in many parts of Ethiopia, resulting in catastrophic drought, non-existent harvests and the death of both people and livestock. Seed stocks were eaten into in order to survive which left nothing to plant for the following season. Drought that produces famine is not so much a process of lack of rainfall but a lack of resources and know-how to combat the drought. People already at the margins of survival, balancing their livelihoods on a daily basis have little in the way of a buffer when nature tips the balance against them so when crisis strikes it is absolute and devastating.
The Project Area:
Since early 2010, SUNARMA has embarked upon a vital water development programme at Wuchale and Jidda Woredas. Together with local farmers 9 wells have been dug and capped providng clean safe water to over 3000 people. Another 30 are planned.
- Food Security
- Income generation
- Health improvements/benefits
- Reduce time and effort for women and children fetching water.
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