Mogadishu, 16 November, 2021 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is providing clean and safe drinking water in the drought-stricken Somalia in an initiative the agency has dubbed as “Christmas gifts of love”.
In a Tuesday, November 16 report, Trócaire officials highlight the challenges women and girls in Somalia’s Burdhubo town in the Southern Gedo face in search for water for their families.
“Women and girls in Burdhubo, Southern Gedo, are forced to abandon their education to trek long distances in searing heat to source water for their families. A gift of water this Christmas will change their lives – and the lives of hundreds of communities in developing countries,” Trócaire officials say.
Under the leadership of Trócaire, with funds from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) channeled through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a new solar-powered shallow well was constructed in Burdhubo district.
The water well project that was implemented by the Somalia Health, Protection and Nutrition (SHArPEN II) serves a population of more than 120,000.