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Securing Water to Generate Peace in Sahel Region
Each rainwater catchment basin built and retrofitted with clean water filtration and solar power irrigation technology will directly impact local communities in remote rural villages and support socioeconomic development.
For local communities, there is no other way better than having water
Sahel region has limited water resources cause extremely high infant and maternal mortality rates, and high rates of malnutrition and disease. Agriculture is the main work activity and employs approximatively more than 90% of the population. Having water all year long is rare in villages in the northern two-thirds of the country. Such harsh conditions result in most men and teen-age boys traveling to neighboring countries for work, thereby placing heavy burdens on women who stay behind and who must provide for the family. Nowadays, unlocking the water limitation factor, it allows village resident to generate income and food, which in turn helps them to sustain their livelihood avoiding in the same to joining the terrorist groups.
How having Water Can Change Life?
Water is the key ingredient in agriculture which is the main work activity in the Sahel region of West Africa. Rainfall is minimal and vegetation is characterized as dry Savannah land. Having water all year long is rare in rural communities in the northern two-thirds of the Burkina Faso. Mali and Niger have also know as dry land. Thus drought is a common occurrence disturbing agriculture, livetock and socioenconomic development. Such harsh conditions send most men and teen-age boys to neighbor countries for work, placing heavy burdens on women who stay behind and who must provide food for the family. Those remaining are destined to struggle for survival, with little hope of improving their lives, their health, or the economies of their villages.
Digging properly a large hole in the right way and in the right place is what village residents and entire rural communities in the region understand is needed for their health and their livelihood. Once completed, during the short rainy season fills the catchment basin with rainwater. When located correctly, this water helps restore water aquifers and dry wells. With water available year-round, the people can have access to drinkable water and grow crops to enhance food security, improve health, reduce outward migration by creating employment, and adapt to climate change disturbing impacts. An entire agriculturally based community can be healthier and economically self-sufficient through sustainable, resilient community development that a single rainwater catchment basin with solar power makes possible.
Amazing success was obtained from a demonstration project of using rainwater catchment basins to overcome rural poverty.