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QRCS rehabilitates drinking water wells for underserved Yemenis
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has inaugurated a project to rehabilitate water resources in two Yemeni governorates, with a total budget of $399,999. In Taiz, 13 wells are being dug down and deepened, with each well provided with a pump and source of power. These developments are estimated to benefit the 13,000 population of three districts (Al-Shamayatayn, Al-Mawasit, and Jabal Habashy). The inauguration was attended by community leaders and the public. Sheikh Abdullah Mohamed Al-Mohammadi, representative of community committees, welcomed QRCS’s staff. “This project is a first contribution from the people of Qatar,” he stated. “The rehabilitated wells are much-needed in an area where water resources are obsolete, after 40 years of use. We demanded a renovation of the project in general. Four wells are already out of service. They need to be deepened, cleaned, and provided with pumps. This first project in the area would be very helpful for the population, particularly at times of drought. More good things are yet to come, Inshaallah”. Mohamed Mahioub Al-Rasimi, member of community committee in a village of Al-Shamayatayn District, described the project as beneficial for many inhabitants, particularly women, expectant mothers, and children, as it saves them a lot of effort to bring water and makes safe water available of everyone. He added, “The project would secure clean water, which had always been very difficult and expensive to get from distant places. We would like to thank QRCS for this support. May Allah bless the soul of Ms. Gharisa Khalifa Al-Suwaidi”. QRCS’s representative, Eng. Mohamed Naguib, stated, “The project involves digging down and deepening wells to obtain enough water. The wells will be protected with stone lining, covered, and maintained against pollution. There will be taps, plastic tanks, and underground solar pumps. A room will be built for the pump and accessories”. Eng. Naguib said the locals were very happy with such projects, which helped to alleviate much of their suffering. QRCS pays great attention to water projects in Yemen for many reasons. The wells already in used were dug too long ago, and the target areas have scarce water resources. Water was carried on animals, or women and children had to carry water buckets on their shoulders, with negative health impact.