Humanitarian stakeholders estimate that around 4.6M people were food insecure in Somalia by september 2018, a figure that has dropped from 6.7M at the peak of the 2017 droughts.

Despite this considerable improvement, the long-term impact of the 2017 drought on livelihoods has been substantial and will take several consecutive good rainy seasons for the affected communities to recover.

CPD, as a key Actor in the country’s humanitarian circles, has been at the forefront of ensuring drought affected communities were given the necessary support to recover from adverse effects of the drought and boost their resilience against future shocks.

In Hobyo district of Mudug region, we have partnered with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe to help pastoral communities recover and improve their livelihoods. Under this partnership, CPD and DKH will construct or rehabilitate water harvesting and preservation infrastructure through cash-for-work programs and direct intervention to conserve water for livestock and domestic use.

Ten water pans, eleven underground water tanks (berkads) and 6 shallow wells will be given a face-lift to improve their water quality, holding and yielding capacity.

To rehabilitate the water pans, CPD identified and registered heads of 1,100 households (1,040 unskilled workers and 60 supervisors) in 10 settlements of Hobyo district with the selection criteria taking into consideration their livelihood standards hence selecting the deserving households.

Other than improving community access to water, the cash-for-work program will be handy in boosting livelihoods for the community members while also equipping them with the necessary tools to maintain the pans in good shape way after the project ends.

The tools including wheelbarrows, shovels, axes and slam hammers would be handed over to management committees once the rehabilitation works is complete.