Delivering Water

    Up until the arrival of the rains in late 2011, Ummah Welfare Trust trucked clean water daily to families in the rural areas of Bay and Bakol. Around 1000 families would benefit each day, as a water tanker – carrying 40,000 litres of water at any one time - made its way across the rural areas.

    Due to the influx of refugees into Mogadishu, the demand for clean water is still great. As much as 80% of refugees in Mogadishu experience shortages of water and are forced to pay exorbitant prices to buy it. Ummah Welfare Trust brought three water tankers to Mogadishu to help tackle the issue.

    One tanker alone has two containers - the first tank holds 15,000 litres of water and the second tank holds 25,000 litres. Twice a day, three tankers deliver water to hundreds of refugee camps that hug the sides of the roads in southern Mogadishu. Ummah Welfare Trust water tankers can be found on Tarbunk Road, in Bakara Village and in Kasa Pal Palera Village.

    From sunrise to sunset, thousands of families in Mogadishu fill their water containers every day. For them, gone now is the difficulty of buying or searching for water, alhamdulillah.

    Some of our brothers and sisters who benefit from this project:

    Boolo Osman Arbow has 4 children: 3 girls and 1 boy. She and her family are from Tooro Toorow in Lower Shebelle but now live in one of the Teleh camps in southern Mogadishu. Subhanallah, Boolo comes every day to the UWT tanker every day and fills 10 jerry cans. This amounts to 200 litres.

    Nor Yacqub is 52 years old and has 5 children lives in one of the Tarbunka camps. He left Burhakaba last August 2011 because of drought and conflict. He had lost all his animals due to the lack of rains. He had intended to go back to his farm for the last rainy season but could not because of financial reasons. Nor intends to now go back this year and start sowing the seeds on his land. Throughout the time Nor and his family have been displaced in Mogadishu, the water tanker has been a means of saving them from the tribulations of thirst. Alhamdulillah.

    Hawa is from the village of Daynunay in the Bay region. She and her four children have been living in IDP camps in Mogadishu for the past two years.

    She fled Daynunay years of continuous drought which made her life very difficult. She remains pessimistic when asked if she would return to her original residence.

    Hawa makes a meagre income doing chores for middle class residents of Mogadishu. With more displaced women in Mogadishu however, there is greater competition for these jobs and so there are days when she cannot find work.

    Amina Mowlid Ali comes every to the water tanker on Tarbunk Road to collect 140 litres for her and her extended family. She is one of 6 children who, along with their mother, fled Qoryooley last year.

    Amina’s mother goes to the market every morning to earn a living leaving Amina to look after hersiblings. She says that her family have adapted to life in Mogadishu and think it will be difficult to go back to their rural life. She first thanked Allah and then the donors of Ummah Welfare Trust who helped provide them with water every day.