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No need to beg for water anymore

Cool Story - No need to beg for water anymore

Yasin Muhumad Faarah is a 70-year-old farmer, village elder, and community leader. He lives in a rural area near Jigjiga in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Yasin Muhumad Faarah

My animals perished entirely during a recent drought. To support my family, I rely on farming. In our rural community, some people had no access to any water at all.

The trees that we plant on my property vary. Mango and guava trees are present. We sorghum was sown. Although I also have cows and sheep, our main source of income is agriculture. In my neighborhood, my Kebele, Caradamadow, we are all farmers.

Since I've always worked on my farm, I want to continue doing so for the rest of my life to support my five sons and three daughters.

Due to the lack of a hospital or health center nearby and the absence of any roads, it may be challenging to find a method to leave the house and travel to the hospital, particularly in the event of bad weather.

Even though there are electrical wires nearby, our Kebele is also without electricity.

These are the greatest issues we have in our neighborhood, coupled with water access.

A delegation from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and a non-governmental organization visited us last year. We all gathered for a meeting after we welcomed them. They informed us that they planned to construct a rainwater collection basin and that they were searching for a place to build it. 

I made them an offer for my farms when I learned of this.

When I first gave them my land for this project, folks were startled. They believed I had given it away for free or had given the government my land. All of them now wish the water collection basin was closer to their property when they see it.

The project managers also provided us with excellent employment options. The construction of the basin provided benefits to a total of 41 community members. Nobody was turned away. People were all paid.

We put in four months of work. I had a job keeping watch. Working with them took up the entirety of the summer. As a result, despite losing my cows, I made it through the drought season.

The ILO informed me that 25 men and 15 women would work together before we began construction on the basin. I was taken aback. It was unfamiliar to us.

I would admit that before the project, I believed that women couldn't hold a job. In a remote location, no one believes that women are capable of doing anything.

But after we got going and saw the women working extremely hard and like men, we realized that women are just as capable of working as men, if not more so. The women were big assistance, and we succeeded in finishing the job.

We bought our kids' school outfits, as well as their pens, pencils, and books, with the money we made from creating the basin.

We engaged a religious instructor to instruct them about the Koran each Thursday.

Numerous advantages of education exist. If we are educated, we can read and write better and comprehend things better. After that, you can run various machinery and work in offices.

Education is crucial for both this world and the afterlife. When you have access to religious books, you can communicate with Allah. You will be more inclined to conduct good things if you read and study the Koran.

Other communities in our area want a basin close to where they live. Our training has prepared us to work with the ILO when they want to construct a basin somewhere else. Given that we have profited from this, we are prepared to persuade others.

If Allah fills the basin with rainwater, we will be able to use it during the dry season and supply water to the entire Kebele community.

I want to expand and cultivate more crops now that I have easy access to water for the farm. As a result, I will be able to send my kids to school in the city.

We will be okay if we eventually have a nice road and enough water. We'll be able to market our agricultural goods to city dwellers.

We are secure right now and have nothing to be afraid of. We used to ask the city for water, but now that we have the basin, we won't have to.

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