One in ten people in the world does not have access to clean water. Drought, poverty, and fast growth of population along with pollution threaten the clean water resources. Billions of people have no access to potable water, which results in a surge in epidemic diseases.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation continues to work toward offering millions of people deprived of water access to clean healthy water. To this end the foundation primarily works to open wells in areas needy of water.
In conjunction with campaign for opening wells, IHH opened 60 new wells in Darfur’s western region, Umshalaya. Aound 24.000 Africans will benefit from the wells sponsored by charitable donors.
Kabar: No Organization Has Ever Stepped There
IHH Well Projects Coordinatory Celil Özatamer who traveled to the region to facilitate the opening ceremonies of the wells said, “With these sixty new wells we have now reached to 300 wells opened and opearated by IHH in Sudan.” Celil Özatamer noted that they will not stop at 60 and they they have traveled to Kabar area 30 kilometres off the Chad border to identify the suitable spots to open thirty more new wells. He concluded that:
“No relief foundation had ever visited nor carried out any relief activity in Kabar area struggling with drought. In order to get water locals are going off to Chad border, which takes a 4-hour ride on the donkey plus 4-hour on the way back that is in total 8-hour journey. On top of that they have to wait in the line for hours in front of the well due to the huge number of many like them. When we told the locals that we are gearing up to open new wells in their region their happiness was a touching sight to see. With the support of donors we will hopefully put in service 30 new wells in the region..”
New Projects Coming Up
IHH teams also preparing to rebuild bamboo made mosques, schools and health centres that they came across during their feasibility excursion in order to identify the spots for new wells. IHH Projects Technical Audit Coordinator Ahmet Küçükkahveci commented that they are planning to carry out these projects upon the request of the local people and with the support of the donors.
Among the projects lined up there is a agriculture school project that will help the local people to become self-sufficient in the long run.
Ninety More Wells to Africa
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is also working on opening forty new wells in Somalia, where there is severe drought, ten wells in Kenya, twenty wells in Ethiopia and ten wells in Djibouti.