Somaliland: Water vs COVID-19: UNDP/GEF Reservoir brings Water to Baligubadle an area Devastated by Climate Change

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Somalilandsun:In Somaliland, water is life. With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funding from the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund, the government of Somaliland has helped farmers like Fardosa Mohamed get access to water for drinking, cooking and watering livestock. It’s a vital resource for Fardosa and her family – and now also key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 by making it easier to wash hands and clean household items.

The Enhancing Climate Resilience of the Vulnerable Communities and Ecosystems project, which ran from 2014-2019, constructed 150 water-harvesting facilities, including this 50,000-cubic-meter dam in Baligubadle.

“Last year was horrible. The drought was extreme. No rain. No water. We almost died.” – Fardosa Mohamed, 50, rural farmer and mother of 10.

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