Aderat community potable water project

COMPLETION DATE END OF 2016

Aderat is a medium sized stakeholder village consisting of 1,880 residents and their nearest potable water source is situated 3 km away. This entails young girls to fetch water daily for their families. The existing potable water supply is unhygienic given this same source of water is shared with animals and people become sick with water borne illnesses. Aderat is comparatively lagging to other nearby villages in this crucial category and hence the community potable water project was selected as one of the top priorities. To date, a new borehole in the community of Aderat has been drilled and the solar power and pump design has been completed. Community members excavated a 700-metre piping trench and a community contribution agreement was signed to cultivate a sense of local ownership. Appropriate piping and fitting equipment has been identified and subsequently ordered for delivery. Solving the potable water problem in Aderat will benefit local health, ensure young girls focus more on school during the days, and greatly assist in the quality of life for the household economy.

Tekreret community potable water project

COMPLETION DATE APRIL 2016

Tekreret is a large stakeholder village consisting of 4,391 residents. For the past 15 years, the community had a nearby potable water supply powered by a generator. Unfortunately, the generator became old and overused and no longer provides potable water to the community. This has resulted in mothers and young children traveling 6 km a day to fetch water supplies. This has negatively impacted young girls in the pursuit of schooling. Replacing the old generator and the revitalization of the water supply system will have a positive impact to the community as a whole, especially young girls and mothers. To date, the solar power and power system has been designed and the appropriate equipment has arrived at site ready for installation. The community collected stone and sand, cleaned and levelled the project as per their signed contribution agreement.

Adi Ibrihim diversion rehabilitation structure

COMPLETION DATE MAY 2016

Adi Ibrihim is a medium-sized village of over 3,500. For many years, the community has had an existing damaged diversion structure that has been ineffective in providing enough water to enhance the farmland potential around the community. As such, this project has been fast tracked as a top priority to improve local food security and nutrition for the local residents. The rehabilitation of this diversion structure will retain and direct runoff water from the seasonal stream to 1,580 hectares of cultivable land. This is expected to increase yield from the current 4 quintal/hectare to 20-30 quintal*/ hectare. The topographic survey and design work has been completed and the maintenance work will start in Q1 2016.

community-village-interview

A local elder speaks to Thomson Reuters
media about the water diversion project in
Adi Ibrihim. The project, which is jointly
supported by Nevsun and ENAMCO, is an
example of reinvesting of Bisha profits into
local communities.

A fourth and fifth selected CAP project will be to rehabilitate diversion structures for the stakeholder communities of Mogoraib and Jimel. Both of their respective diversion structures are not functional after a seasonal flood several years ago rendered them inoperative. This project will repair the diversions and enable both communities to irrigate 600-1,500 hectares of cropland as a mechanism to improve both local food security and overall nutrition. Both of these projects will be completed by 2017.