INCREASING ACCESS TO CLEAN AND SAFE WATER IN HOBYO DISTRICT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
By Deegaan Bile Project with Hobyo district.
Using a participatory community consultation process, the Hobyo community elected to prioritize responding to the water crisis that is urgently affecting the entire district including the administrative centre of Hobyo, one of the largest districts in land size in Galmudug state of Somalia.
Hobyo is in the Mudug region of Somalia, about 265 kilometers from Galkayo, the regional headquarter of Mudug region of Galmudug state. It is a coastal town that relies mainly on livestock and fishing as the main sources of livelihood. The approximate population of Hobyo town is 11,800 inhabitants, and the broader Hobyo district has total estimated population of 67,249 residents.
The effects of climate change are visible at region, district, and village level. Water crises and other climate induced shortfalls have caused massive rural urban migration into Hobyo. The growing number of displaced households has increased the demand of already scarce water in the town. One borehole, about 30 kilometers out of the town, supplies piped fresh water. The newly arrived displaced people need access to water, yet the capacity of one borehole is not sufficient for the entire Hobyo population.
The Hobyo community has shown great interest in participating in the Deegan Bile matching grant project, which supplements funds raised by the community at a set ratio. The community has no previous experience in initiating, co-financing and financing projects but, they have shown the idea as suitable to Hobyo town and also surrounding rural locations. For the matching grant with Deegaan Bile project, Hobyo community proposed drilling an additional borehole to increase the demand for more water. The matching grant ratio will be 1 to 4. The community contribution expected is $20,000 with the project matching $80,000. Hence the total initial cost of the community project will be $100,000.
The borehole was identified as a top a priority project through inclusive participatory community planning conducted in Hobyo. The implementation process is government-led, and community-owned bringing together representatives from different socioeconomic 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 communities
Thank you for contributing towards improving access to clean and safe water in Hobyo through additional borehole that will co funded by the community and the Deegan Bile project in response to climate change impacts.