• Written by Peter van der Linde
    10 April 2009

With the contribution from a Dutch media volleyball tournament, refugees in this camp outside the city of Burao, in Somaliland, will get safe access to sanitation facilities.

On the 23rd of August last year participants of the TAPPS Strandvolleybal.net tournament raised funds to provide clean water and proper sanitation for people that had none. Part of the funds that were raised that day, were used to support two Akvo projects. This blog provides an update.

A contribution of € 4700 was used to unlock an additional grant of € 8,800 from Aqua for All, to be able to support a community of 2500 people in a refugee camp outside the city of Burao, in Somaliland. Poor living conditions and lack of sanitation facilities caused many children to become ill in the camp. In January Rashid Nur, a local reporter, visited the local project manager and the refugee camp.

A short youtube video from the visit of Rashid Nur to the refugee camp can be seen below.

The refugees are very enthousiastic about this project that will support the 408 households. With the help of the local community in actual construction and by using local materials, the project manager expects to be able to construct 17 latrines, 5 more than anticipated. Community meetings have been organized, overlooked by the village leader Ismael Hussein, and the actual construction of the toilets has started in late January. We expect to receive more updates from this very remote location soon.

Another €12,539 in contributions was used to support a project in the Amhara region in Ethiopia. The funds are used to provide around 170 people with latrines and safe drinking water. Site visits have been conducted by a team composed of the local field partner, a contractor and a local government representative. After an agreement was signed with the contractor to construct the 17 latrines and rainwater harvesting systems, the actual construction started in the beginning of February.

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In Ethiopia it can take up to 4 hours a day to fetch water. As a result many school days are missed.

The rain water harvesting systems that will be constructed will enable the local households to manage their own water supply for drinking water, domestic use, irrigation and other income generating activities. The water is harvested during the wet season and stored until it is needed during the dry season. We expect to receive construction photos this month.


The organization EHRA is run by Ephraim Alamerew. Here he is seen during the signing of the contract, on the right. He has taken up a new challenge.

If you want to be kept up to date, you can go to the project pages from time to time. We are working hard with all our field partner to get updates from the field flowing. I also expect to be present during the next TAPPS tournament, to show the results of both projects.

Peter van der Linde is the partner-director of Akvo.