Success Stories

Awareness helps to solve the problem of open drainage in Al-Bayda Governorate

Shallow swamps of sewage and waterways that penetrate the narrow passages between houses of citizens living in Ash-Sharyah towards the main street, caused severe deterioration of the environmental situation. This water has exacerbated putrid smells and welcomed disease-carrying insects such flies and mosquitos in the neighborhood.
Local citizens (~560 persons) have even confirmed that the main cause and spread of cholera is open sewage. The inability of the people to dig new wells has caused the neighborhood to become infected with diarrheal disease, like cholera, which have spread widely among children. In addition to this, there are fears that the environmental situation in the neighborhood during the rainy season will become a fertile breeding ground for more epidemics. The technical manager of the Local Water Corporation in Al-Bayda, Engineer Abdullah Othman, expressed his fears that one of the sources of drinking water, which is located near the neighborhood, could become contaminated if this sewage problem is not resolved. He confirms that the solution is indeed to dig new wells or connect the neighborhood to the main sewage network in the city.
In February -2018, the hygiene promotion team of the National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR) conducted several awareness sessions (public and door-to-door visits) in Ash-Sharyah to draw citizens' attention to the great health risks caused by open sewage and to come up with solutions for addressing the open swamps. As a result, the citizen agreed that the most effective solution is to connect the neighborhood to the main sewage network, and so they started collecting donations to achieve this solution.
NFDHR’s team worked to help people in forming a community committee, which was put in charge of supervising the implementation of the sewage network, and with the help of the technical engineers from the Local Water Corporation they determined the route of the pipe and sites of sewage manhole rooms. Within a few days, they started the digging and workers began building manholes, extending plastic pipes (about 300 meters long), and building the main sewage fountains (10) and dozens of sewage holes in front of houses.
"We have suffered a lot during the past period from the spread of diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, etc., especially during the summer as a result of the open sewage,” said Abdullah al-Jaadi, a member of the community committee, as he thanked the NFDHR team, who helped him and encouraged the local community to solve the problem of the open sewage.
On February 25, the network was completed and the neighborhood was connected to the main sewage network. The beneficiaries celebrated this achievement, as the children went out to play their different games in clean places, and they were saved forever from the swamps.