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Sudan: Drinking water and hygiene in North Darfur

The conflict in Darfur that has been going on for more than 10 years now has a devastating impact on the local population. Due to the fact that infrastructure, villages and fields have been widely destroyed, food, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities are in most areas no longer available. The poor hygiene situation often results in avoidable diseases. Despite the difficult security situation the German Red Cross has been presentin Darfur throughout for more than 10 years. It has been active in Sudan for more than 20 years, working closely together with its partner organization, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS).

Clean drinking water and improved hygiene

From January 2014 to January 2015 a Project to improve the drinking water and hygiene situation in the Mellit region of North Darfur, funded by the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Since March 2015 some of the project activities have been continued in six villages in the area of Mellit with a total of 19,000 people. In three of the villages schools have been equipped with six latrines for school children and teachers. In order to also secure water supplies beside the sanitation facilities water reservoirs are also being built in the schools.

Schultoiletten und Wassertank in Hilat Hamed im Darfur /Sudan

In addition, 140 households with special needs, for example single women and older persons, are been given materials and technical support for building their own household latrines. In all project villages hygiene trainings and sensitization campaigns about maintenance of water points and environmental protection are conducted. These trainings target community members of the villages, but also school children and teachers. Staff and volunteers of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society have also undergone these trainings so that in future they can transfer their knowledge in refresher trainings and home visits in the communities. The formation and training of water user committees in all six villages is intended to ensure that the communities will be able to protect latrines and water points against contamination and maintain them even after the end of the project.

The project:

Region: Sudan, North-Darfur
Duration: 01.03.2015 ‑ 29.02.2016
Project volume: Euro 138,000
Finance: GRC and GRC Foundation , donations 
Partner: Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) 

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