The regions in the South of Mauritania are very dry. In the past year there was hardly any rain, which has caused my traditional shallow wells to dry out. With very little water available the situation becomes desperate for the people of this region and their cattle. Children especially are vulnerable, and get diseases because of a lack of safe drinking water.
The main goal is to provide the people of Garalol with safe drinking water. The rehabilitated borehole will provide sufficient water of good quality, for the whole village, for the next 30 years.
The long term goal is to reduce child mortality and improve the overall health of the villagers
Sustainability of the project is guaranteed by emphasising capacity building of the local people. They have ownership over the project and put in a lot of work and financial contribution.
To be able to maintain the water well properly, an estimation of exploitation costs has been made. The villagers will have to pay a little for the water they take from the well, where the tariff is different for villagers with less financial resources. The collected money will be used for the operation and maintenance of the water system.