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Sunday, 22 October 2017
 

International Day of Peace 21 September, 2017: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All

The international NGO Practical Action is serving peace stability by supporting the capacity and livelihood of rural areas households

because security starts with food and livelihood security. One the occasion of the “International Day of Peace 21 Sept.2017”, we focused on a project that serves this aim implemented by Practical Action in two villages in North Darfur.
Project Objects
The project objective is to improve the availability of water for sedentary and pastoralist communities in two village clusters in North Darfur. The project targets 8,620 individuals in the villages of Mogabil and Kweim as the direct beneficiaries of the project, in addition to 2,000 pastoralists and their livestock will also benefit from established water supply sources during their seasonal movement. Improving access to water in these two communities would also reduce the occurrences of local conflict and by bringing different livelihood and ethnic groups together over this natural resource, may make a lasting contribution to improving cooperation and trust between them. The is also expected to have a transformative impact on women in the two target village clusters by reducing women and childrenwater collection travel time and distances, reducing women exposure to the risk of gender based violence and water borne  disease.
The work in the two villages’ clusters was associated with consensus building activities through community consultations; group discussions and meetings with community leaders (residents and pastoralists) of the two locations separately. Joint women/men/youth/farmers/ pastoralist water committee formed following an inception phase.


Kwiem Village

The community in Kwiem, located 35km west of Elfashir, consists of 10 villages and has population of approximately 5,900 people.
The Villages of Kwiem suffer from and acute scarcity of water, they have a significant water shortage. In the past, this was partly met by six hand-pumps, five of which have now run dry with only one currently operational
With the start of the project implementation Kweim village has celebrated the water pumping and the high productivity of the drilled borehole(June 2016). Water supply have been tested by Water and Environmental Sanitation authority and proved to be of a good quality. Consequently, the supply of water has attracted great number of displaced families to return back to Kweim. The village witnessed a return of more than 300 families during the last two months. Additional number of returnees is expected by the completion of the water yard construction and the solar operation.

Following the successful drilling of high yielded borehole in Kweim village, the project has contracted the National Company for WASH services to manufacture and install the water yard (water tank, fencing, water network, animal troughs, and taps), while waiting for the solar purchase process (75% of the work was successfully achieved).

The established water committee of community representatives is being involved in the construction process and consulted regarding the water yard design.

Mugabil village water yard construction

Mugabil, located 65km north of the State capital El-Fashir, has a population of 2,720. Most of the population were displaced due to water supply shortage and conflict. The first borehole drilled under technical supervision of the government technical department - Water and Environmental Sanitation department (WES) didn’t yield the required productivity that meets resident farmers and seasonally passing pastoral communities and their herds.

The drilling in Mugabil is still facing some challenges due to the low water profile in the area. Project team has coordinated the mobilization of a drilling machine to apply the results of the geophysical studies and recommendations.
A borehole was drilled at a location identified by WES as the most suitable adjacent to existing productive wells. The team has also organized the community to commit participation in the installation of the water pipeline from the borehole to the water yard inside the village in case the borehole proves to be adequately productive. Unfortunately the geological lithology indicators revealed non-encouraging productivity during drilling; consequently the drilling was stopped before the planned level. Water supply authorities at state level (WES) have technically supervised the process in coordination with the geological department at the University of Khartoum. Their conclusion made is that all currently known surveys only have the capability of indicating water or moist availability but not the quantity or quality which should be subject to further tests following the drilling.  WES and the drilling company agreed to go for another borehole drilling at one of the identified locations using advance MAC Profile technology. The company agreed to receive payment only in case adequate water supply is available on the borehole they will drill during next week.
The WASH Advisor is currently in Mogabil with team, Water Corporation Engineers and the drilling technicians trying to get a productive borehole in or close to Mogabil village. Muna - the country director – will join the team next week to follow up on the process.

PA has contracted an independent Engineer Supervisor to follow-up and monitors the implementation of drilling and construction on-site. His role will include the water pumping tests, supervising the water yards constructions, borehole casing and construction to assure the quality and properness of the implementation.

Plans Ahead 

The Solar Advisor (contracted before) will travel next week to Kweim to size the borehole for the solar requirements. It is planned that the solar provision and installation tender will be announced in September (After Eid Holiday). The Solar Specialist will be a member of the tender committee (according to the contract) to ensure that all the technical requirements are sufficiently met.
Training and other soft activities will be implemented in line with the progress of solar installation to represent on-job training for greater impact.


The work undertaken by Practical Action Sudan is to achieve the organisation’s vision of "a sustainable world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used for the benefit of all".
Practical Action Sudan is using technology in innovative interventions and putting the organisation’s mission into practice by translating it into a development approach to reach Sudan’s vision: sustainable community-managed development
Practical Action Sudan’s work is structured under three organizational themes:
* Energy
* Agriculture and disaster risk reduction
* Urban sanitation
We also have four cross-cutting themes run across the programmes: Access to markets, Climate change, Civil society and Gender

As a Knowledge Broker we offer technical information through the Practical Answers service.
Particular attention is paid to disadvantaged sections of the community such as poor families, households headed by women, the disabled or other marginalised groups. Practical Action Sudan works closely with beneficiary communities and applies a participatory methodology in assessing peoples' needs, monitoring progress and impact and developing and transferring technologies.

The majority of the rural and peri-urban poor in Sudan rely on fuel-wood or charcoal for cooking on inefficient stoves or three stone fires, and on kerosene and candles for light. This programme aims to reduce the consumption of biomass energy (wood and charcoal) which have devastating environmental and health effects particularly for women and girls who are primarily responsible for cooking.
Practical Action Sudan’s objective is to improve the social welfare of the peri-urban and rural population, contribute to poverty reduction, gender equality and to reduce the environmental impact of energy by having access to clean, reliable and affordable energy services (LPG) for 20,000 direct beneficiaries and 595,000 indirect beneficiaries by 2017

Energy

The majority of the rural and peri-urban poor in Sudan rely on fuel-wood or charcoal for cooking on inefficient stoves or three stone fires, and on kerosene and candles for light. This programme aims to reduce the consumption of biomass energy (wood and charcoal) which have devastating environmental and health effects particularly for women and girls who are primarily responsible for cooking.
Practical Action Sudan’s objective is to improve the social welfare of the peri-urban and rural population, contribute to poverty