Qatar Charity (QC) has constructed an artesian well in Gubadley, a suburb of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which has a large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps lacking the basic necessities of life. The well is expected to benefit more than 5,000 families, including IDPs and vulnerable residents of Gubadley. It was built as part of the ‘Stop the Famine of Somalia’ drive launched by QC to deliver relief aid to those affected by drought.
Abdullah Nour Jalbi, a government official, highlighted the importance of the well in Gubadley inhabited by more than 20,000 IDPs, in addition to needy families who are unable to buy safe water from profitable wells located in the area. He also noted that, in addition to this project, QC has implemented many projects, including a school and a clinic. He thanked Qatar, as well as QC, for their continuous support of the people of Somalia.
Mohamed Ali Taas, a spokesman for Banaadir region, underlined the importance of QC's projects in Somalia. QC is a key partner that implements qualitative and sustainable projects in the various sectors of the region to contribute to providing better services to beneficiaries, he said while describing the project as a remarkable achievement in helping the drought-hit people and saving livestock.
“The well will ease the burdens on the inhabitants of the area,” Daoud Alsu Jamali, a prominent local resident, said. Somalia is facing the worst drought in 40 years, with 7.7mn people in need of humanitarian assistance. Many families were displaced due to drought, and are facing famine-like conditions.
QC has implemented 37 water projects in all Somali regions so far this year, focusing on remote villages deprived of basic services. QC has launched the ‘Stop the Famine of Somalia’ drive to urgently respond to Somalia’s drought and provide food and non-food aid, as well as drinking water, to the affected.