Safe and Clean Water Project at Ait Faska

As indicated by the World Health Organization, from the 767 million individuals around the world, one out of ten individuals is living without access to safe and clean water. In addition, 2.4 billion individuals or 33% of the total populace don’t have access to water sanitation solutions.

The individuals of in dire need have to choose whether to use the dirty and polluted water for cooking, washing, drinking or not use it at all. Because of this, the probability of obtaining waterborne diseases, like dysentery, diarrhea, and cholera, is high and can be lethal. The continent has significant water resources. However, it does not have the allocation and sanitation framework that would enable individuals to access safe and clean water.

In provincial areas of Morocco, access to water was an everyday struggle for its people. In spite of the fact that water focuses exist and wells gave satisfactory dissemination of accessible water, their utilization requires a ton of exertion and individuals suffer from it. In Ait Faska, there is little rainfall during the time which makes it considerably harder for the people. Thus, they head out far away just to fetch water and as a repercussion, the children lose the opportunity to go and attend their classes.

The principal goal of the Association Anouar de développement et de solidarité was to supply clean and safe water to the village for approximately 1000 houses. Under the chairmanship of Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, he wouldn’t just like to make a difference but he also wanted to make a progressively beneficial project for the local communities and hope to more needy communities inside and out of Morocco in a joint effort with the association and the volunteers. The focal purpose of the campaign was to mobilize maximum funds and to procure all the materials necessary for the construction and maintenance of water pumps in this area.

Under the initiative of Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman of the Association Anouar de développement et de solidarité, this task has been examined, procured and constructed of the installations necessary to reach the available materials and to sanitize the water to use. Also, access to water is the way to trigger awareness to the citizens about their living conditions, with the point of driving them to encourage them to step by step and to grow.

CONTEXT OF GENERAL LIFE OF POPULATIONS

Health care provided to local populaces is limited because of insufficient health centers, the absence of equipment and medications, dilemmas in transporting patients and absence of qualified professional. In regards to education, the quantity of classes is low and the level of general education is low. A few villages don’t have schools, which forces youngsters to travel long distances, sometimes several kilometers, to get to the local school. A lack of teachers is one of the considered problems there as well. The road and road network is also underdeveloped and in extremely terrible condition.

This project of safe and clean water supply for the populaces in Ait Faska and surrounding villages is one of the multiple beneficial projects for the village under the support of Mr. Mohamed Dekkak and the local presence of the Association Anouar de développement et de solidarité who guarantees progression of activity. This was intended not just only to help the local community but also the advancement of the nation in general.

The people of Ait Faska and the nearby towns confront two difficulties:

  • A water source that is scarce and a general problem of this resource (unmanaged or unprotected sources). The wells dry up in the dry season and it also takes a lot of time to get water due to its distance. Besides being a long way from it, the wet season makes it progressively unsafe for individuals to travel particularly for women and kids.
  • The diseases related to the water of the poorly adapted ones, the women and children remain the layers most influenced by these ailments.

99% of the water consumed was not drinkable. Apart from the resources polluted by the disaffection, the water storage in the hearths was always contaminating because of the lack of hygiene. The demand in water needs and the absence of community-based network management structures conflicts between villages linked to the water issue have tended to increase this. Competition on water was pandemic in the target area for human food. Faced with the scarcity of water resources, the weakness of the existing infringement and the degradation of the structures, the villagers became aware of the vulnerability of their water supply and organized themselves. This is one of the factors that Mr. Mohamed Dekkak wanted to address as well.

To enhance the water and sanitation circumstance in the area, the project comprised in setting up clean and safe water points in the neediest towns. The construction of these works was associated with training of the villagers in order to maintain and secure awareness of hygiene to ensure the sustainability of the action. For this purpose, the involvement of the population and local authorities in the implementation of the project was crucial.

The project guarantees better access to safe and clean water and enhances cleanliness conditions by:

  • The construction of water supply systems powered by solar energy to raise water on the mountain and keep it in a reservoir to redistribute it by gravity using fountains
  • The organization of an information and awareness campaign on water, sanitation and the reduction of risks of pollution of catchment water
  • Training of the people of the equipment management
  • The establishment of sustainable management structures.

EFFECT AND DURABILITY OF THE PROJECT

Health impact

Access to safe and clean water is vital health progress. Not it is a lot safer to use for drinking and cooking, it brought a significant decrease in diarrheal diseases, especially those affecting young children. Body hygiene and washing clothes with pure and abundant water became one of the important factors in the reduction of dermatological diseases. The fatigue and pain caused by the transport of water, mainly to women, were reduced. The abundant water made real progress in the maintenance of the habitat.

Social impact

Most of the chores related to water, fetching, transportation, and storage, which are generally incumbent on women, are reduced and facilitated. Now, women can save time on water transport and is able to diversify their activities. The works in production made it possible to irrigate small perimeters of food crops. They allow the watering of domestic animals. Food crops and livestock are an essential input into the diet and a significant source of income.

Water distribution

Water is free for all the people without any discrimination. The population was greatly involved in the implementation of the project and invested in the maintenance of the works. This decreases the lack of financial contribution to the production of water while ensuring the sustainability of the facilities that belong to the villages.

Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, chairman of Association Anouar de développement et de solidarité, gladly encourage everyone to make a difference. We may not do great things in life but we can do small things in a great way, and that is something we must aim every day. We must help and protect each other as well as maintaining our ecosystem which can only be achieved if we work as one.