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I wish I could go back to school

Woman in black veil standing in front of fence,

Hanan standing by one of the newly-constructed water systems

Hanan standing by one of the newly-constructed water systems

Hanan is like many other women who live in Al Qardi village in Al Dhale governorate of Yemen. She suffers from a lack of access to water. Recalling her childhood she says: “I used to queue at the same water source almost every day to fetch enough water for the family. I dropped out of school when I was 13 years old due to the physical and time-consuming challenges of fetching water and doing other household chores. Sometimes we used to wake up early and queue to fill our jerry cans and bottles before it got crowded. During holidays and dry periods it could take us three days to fill them.”  

Unfortunately, women and girls are still facing the same problem with water and after four years of war the situation is worse. Today over 17.8 million people in Yemen are in need of clean water including 12.6 million who are in acute need. Only 22% of rural areas are connected to partially-functioning public water networks.

In Al Qardi village there is only one well which the entire village of almost 400 households has relied upon as their main source for water for many decades. Unclean water is sometimes available – this is distributed by water tankers in the local market and could be as expensive as 80,000 Yemeni Riyal (around 140 USD), which is unaffordable for most of the community members.

An aerial view of a field with people standing around with trucks
Aerial view of a new water system

With funding from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund, CARE has rehabilitated the water scheme – clearing and rehabilitating the well with chlorination and constructing a water reservoir of 12 cubic metre capacity. The water system’s submersible pump is operated by solar system and the rehabilitated system is able to providing 36,000 litres per day.

Hanan says with a wide smile: “After CARE’s intervention, I wish I was young enough to be able to return to school. The water system is well developed and within a few minutes you can collect clean water. I am extremely happy now and not afraid of what the future might hold for the next generation, because they will be able to go to school.”

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