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UNICEF water interventions make a difference in the lives of children in rural areas of Yemen

Children in Tur Astani village in Lahj governorate have finally an easy access to clean water as UNICEF and its partners recently installed a new water point.

By Ali Qasem Ali, Communication Officer, UNICEF Aden Field Office

Lahj, Yemen, 24 February 2019 – Due to the ongoing conflict, water and sanitation infrastructures have collapsed in Yemen, leaving more than 16 million people in urgent need of water and sanitation assistance.

Every day, UNICEF works hard to provide affected populations with access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, particularly in rural areas where children and their families are being deprived of quality WASH services.

In a very remote area of Lahj governorate, in the small village of Tur Astani, UNICEF recently responded to the needs of the populations by installing a new water system and rehabilitating the existing wells, dislodging them and extending their depth.

“In the past, we were forced to wake up early to go to fetch water far away, but now we can come at any time to fill up our jerrycans with clean water, I am so happy,” says Ahmed, 8 years old, a young boy who lives in Tur Astani village.

Ahmed and Yasser can easier fetch water now.

One of the rehabilitated wells has been covered to ensure that the water stays clean and equipped with a solar- powered water pump for a sustainable access to water for the villagers of Tur Astani

These 12 solar panels installed by UNICEF generate 3,840 watts to ensure a constant and sustainable water pumping system.

Young girls of Tur Astani gather at the water point to fill up their jerrycans.

In an effort provide the people of Tur Astani with a sustainable solution, UNICEF implemented a solar energy system, which provides clean water to 1,550 people 24 hours a day, through a solar-powered water pumping system connected to a 15m³ water tank. This WASH intervention was achieved thanks to the support of UNICEF partners, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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