To address water shortages in Iraq, UNDP under the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund, funded Iraqi NGO al-Rafidain Feministic Organisation to improve water access for Al-Bou Rishaa Village in the Khudir District of Muthanna.
The village has three residential compounds with more than 250 houses not connected to the main water pipeline, about 100m away.
People in the village depend on water tankers for drinking and daily use. The tankers provide water only once every two weeks and villagers had previously used the irrigation water from the water canals.
The project that was completed in June 2012 provided potable water by connecting the village to the main water grid through a new water network, and supplied each household with a water tank to help families store water. The project was concluded with awareness sessions on effective use of water and best hygiene practices. The project served more than 300 families in the village (about 1,500 people including women and children) and about 60 to 65 Internally Displaced families.
One of the female beneficiaries expressed her gratitude to UNDP and Al-Rafidain NGO for changing her life. “I used to spend most of my time transferring water on a daily basis from the irrigation canals to my house. Now I can spend more time with my children and don’t have to worry about carrying water” she said.
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