Carolina Sardella finished her research at the VU university on improving the drinking water supply in Somalia (Puntland). This is one of the regions in eastern Africa which was hit severely during the large drought of 2011. Carolina concludes that the water supply in this region can be improved severely by a fairly simple adjustment of the traditional water supply system ‘berkads’. This is good news for the dutch Kaalo Foundation, which works together with SamSamWater to improve the water supply in Somalia. The conclusions of her study form the base of the pilotproject which will be carried out in Budunbuto together with Kaalo and Wilde Ganzen.

In Somalia, the water supply is traditionally arranged using berkads. These are large basins in which surface runoff water is collected and stored. Somalia is an extremely dry area. By making use of the land surface as a water collection area, the little rainfall can add up to larger volumes. The runoff water is then stored in berkeds. Since the land surface is not clean (for example, it will have animal dung), the rainwater collected is generally of poor quality. Therefore, designing a simple purifying step will result in an enormous improvement of the drinking water supply. In her article, Carolina explains how water stored in berkads can be purified to become drinking water by using evaporation. The full article is available in english: “Evaluation of the implemenation of the solar still principle on runoff water reservoirs in Budunbuto, Somalia “.

The Kaalo Foundation made a nice, informative film on the project (in dutch).

Friday 24 februari 2012 was the final day of the support action of the dutch “Groningen voor Afrika”-foundation. The support action was focussed around the release of the single “Lot ze vuilen woar kerst veur stoat” (freely translated as: Let them feel what Christmas is about).

Live radio show @ Haren FM

Sander en Merel in the radio studio of Haren FM.

In a live radio show on Haren FM, the impressive final amount was revealed. Sander de Haas and Merel Hoogmoed were invited to the studio of Haren FM, where Frank Vissering of the “Groningen voor Afrika”-foundation handed the cheque. The live radio show can be relistened (in dutch!) on, the show “JEM FM”, second hour (24 februari 2012).

SamSamWater would like to thank everyone who helped making this support action such a great success! We are honoured that the “Groningen voor Afrika”-foundation shows their appreciation of our water projects by supporting them in such a way!

Groningen voor Afrika foundation reveals the cheque of their support action 2011.