SHALAQBEEN BOREHOLE: HELP SAVE AND SUSTAIN LIVES BY BUILDING THE FIRST BOREHOLE FOR SHALAQBEEN COMMUNITIES
By Daryeel Project with Guriel Community
Using a participatory community consultation process, Shalaqbeen community prioritized the construction of the borehole in their area. This will address lack of access to water as well as prevent tensions resulting from competing communities over scarce and stretched water sources.
Shalaqbeen is comprised of a cluster of villages in Guriel District of Galmudug State of Somalia, which lies along the main Guriel Matan Tarmac Road on the western side of Guriel. The village has an estimated population of 200 households, excluding the newly arrived drought-displaced communities. Shalaqbeen inhabitants have no access to boreholes and use earth pans, which are rain-fed sources of water. The other alternative is to fetch water from Salahdhadhaab village, which is approximately 8 kilometers away. Accessing water from this long distance poses security and gender-based violence risks for women, who are the ones primarily fetching water. This also poses an additional burden to donkeys for water transportation, who are already weakened from lack of water due to drought. In addition, as water competition is high, conflicts are more likely when scarce water resources are further stretched.
Construction of the basic components of a functional borehole in Shalaqbeen can be done through the matching grant activity under Daryeel project, which supplements the funds raised by the community at a set ratio. As the borehole will benefit surrounding smaller villages, which requires collaboration across different groups, the matching grant ratio will be 1 to 3. The Community contribution expected is $20,000 with the project matching $60,000. Hence the total cost of the Gabuun borehole will be $80,000.
The Shalaqbeen borehole was identified as a priority project through inclusive Community Based Planning (CBP) conducted in Guriel District in January 2022. This process was government-led, and community-owned bringing together representatives from different socio-economic groups in the community to jointly assess their location including mapping resources, understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the community, and to identify the priorities of the community.
Thank you for contributing towards providing access to water for Shalaqbeen communities and extended villages through construction of the first borehole in the community. This will benefit the whole Shalaqbeen community and extended villages!