Because Children Matter

UNICEF and partners connected the main and sub sanitation networks to many targeted households benefiting over 15,000 people including children

Sabrin Al-Aghbari
Streets before the intervention where people were not able to cross the roads and the area was exposed to diseases such as cholera
UNICEF/2020/Ebrahim Alkebsi
08 December 2020

Can you live without water? Can you imagine that children in Yemen can get seriously sick because of lack of access to clean water? Beside the greatest burden of not having access to clean water across Yemen which half of the population suffers from, the sanitation system in many parts of the country is on the brink of collapse.

During our visit to Rada’a district, AlBayda governorate south east of the capital, Sanaa, we witnessed a manifest example of the suffering of the community on a daily basis due to the lack of the water and sanitation services. Rada’a was one of one of the areas that needed immediate intervention. And UNICEF Yemen in partnership with Qatar Fund moved fast to rehabilitate and conduct major extension to the sewage network in the district.

“Before the intervention, people suffered from the spread of diseases due to the dirt collects in the sewer which affected the residents badly.” said Ahmed Al-Ashi, a beneficiary and a member of the local council in Radaa’

“Children found it difficult to walk to school and so did adults because the waste water was all over the streets.” he added.

Ahmed Al-Ashi, one of the residents of Al-Musalla area in Rada'
UNICEF/2020/Motaz Fuad
Ahmed Al-Ashi, one of the residents of Al-Musalla area in Rada'

With generous support from Qatar Fund For Development, UNICEF and partners connected the main and sub sanitation networks to many targeted households benefiting over 15,000 people including children.

The main objective of the intervention is to reduce the level of contamination and the spread of diseases especially cholera and water-borne diseases that kept on resurfacing because of the damaged sanitation system in the district.      

During the intervention
UNICEF/2020/Ebrahim Alkebsi
During the intervention works

“The situation in the area was catastrophic, and the need of such sewage network was urgent. Thanks to the intervention of UNICEF and its partners, sanitation services now reach even residents around Rada’a city. It’s one of the interventions which we highly appreciate.”

Said, Eng. Ebrahim AlKebsi, a local coordinator
A photo from the project
UNICEF/2020/Ebrahim Alkebsi
A photo from the project.