Water facilities in rural Chad are scarce, with less than 40 per cent of the population having access to safe drinking water. Combined with unsafe hygiene practices in poor communities, it is fuelling a high rate of water-borne diseases and infant deaths.
Islamic Relief has been working in Chad for over a decade. This year, one our interventions in the central African country was a transformative Waqf-funded project in the Sila region. Fifteen villages with deep poverty, prevalent water-borne diseases, and poor access to water were prioritised for the scheme.
Transformative Waqf-funded project
Altogether, 17 broken hand pumps and boreholes were repaired and improved. Local people got a training to operate and repair them. Water management committees, made up of local men and women to look after them. Moreover, they were equipped with training and tools. The committees ensure the facilities are maintained. Thus, they continue to provide safe water into the future.
In addition, we trained 17 community hygiene promoters. Thus, each of them led a team of over a dozen local people to tackle diseases linked to water. As well as conducting home visits. The teams held focus groups and 35 public sessions – all educating local people to better protect themselves from disease by keeping their surroundings clean and adopting good water, food and personal hygiene habits. Furthermore families learned how to conserve water at home.
As a result, communities had reliable access to safe water and were at reduced risk from disease. Moreover, shorter walking distances to collect water meant more time for other activities. For instance, generating an income or going to school. Over 8,900 people were helped directly by the project.
Boreholes and hand pumps now serve 17 villages in rural Chad.
“We thank Islamic Relief for its support for our villages”
Living in Chad’s Sila region without access to safe water meant hardship and suffering for Halimé Ibrahim and her family.
Halimé Ibrahim’ Story
Halimé Ibrahim fetches clean water from a water facility funded by Islamic Relief Waqf.
“We lived difficult moments, We suffered enormously,” said Halimé, 22, explaining that the water upon which her household relied was dirty and hard to get. “We got sick and needed hospital treatment.”
Halimé lives with her husband, five children and younger sister in Abdourta village, one of the poor communities to benefit from the Islamic Relief Waqf project.
“We thank Islamic Relief for its support for our villages. Actually,we now have access to drinking water – it takes just three to five minutes to get,” she said.
“I thank Allah for this chance. I also thank Islamic Relief and the Waqf donors.”
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