Water for Eritrea

About the Project

Project description

The small country in the Horn of Africa is extremely poor and predominantly agricultural. Especially rural areas have problems providing a year-round supply of sufficiently clean water, which is crucial for further development. As more and more traditional wells dry up during the dry season, the walks to the nearest watering holes become longer and longer. In cooperation with the organization ArcheMed e.V., which has been operating for many years in Eritrea, this infrastructure project is planned to provide clean water for a village.

The project region is located in Begu Valley, approximately 100 km from the capital Asmara. There are a few villages in this area leading a simple, agricultural life. For some impressions of the project region, here is a video from the expedition: https://vimeo.com/116485353

During our first expedition in April 2014 we investigated several suitable locations suitable for the construction of a water supply. Thereby, one location on a hillside appeared to be specifically suitable for the construction of sand storage dams. In September 2015 the reconditioning of a borehole resulted in a temporary relieve of the water scarcity. The long term goal however is the construction of a sand storage dam to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply. The planned dam will be therefore approximately 8 meters high and have a sufficient water reservoir for a yearlong water supply of the village. The construction of the infrastructure is accompanied by an intense knowledge exchange between local and German engineers and students as well as a wide range of workshops in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene for the local community. It is also them who perform the actual construction work together with the local engineers.

The start of the construction work was at the beginning of 2017, since then the construction continues step by step with every rain event. While the work for the wing walls will most likely be finished within summer 2019, the construction period for the centre part is highly dependent on rainfall and will last approximately until summer 2022. Thanks to the innovative construction method a maximum efficiency and longevity is reached. At the same time the dam is also already now functionally, though with less steps respectively, and providing an increasingly important contribution to the water supply of the community.

Thanks to your donations and a co-funding of the German BMZ until end of October 2018, roughly 80% of the overall construction volume has been completed. In order to finalize the project and finance the final meters, we are after the end of the BMZ-funding fully dependent on private funding.

We have already achieved a lot thanks to your support and we hope to complete also this last phase of the project now successfully together with you!

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Information

Donation Status

95 % funded

123
donors

95 %
funded

4.965 €
missing


Project Leader

Reinhard d. L.

Regional Groups

  • Hamburg

Project members

alle Hamburger

Project Category

      Water

Timespan

July 2013 - now

Project stage

current


News

Foto Exhibition – Water projects in Eritrea and Uganda

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Foto Exhibition – Water projects in Eritrea and Uganda

From the 2nd of July to the 28th of September we invite you to our photo exhibition and we want to celebrate this with a vernissage on Saturday the 7th of July at 4pm. Together with the Art Initiative…

Travel Report – Sand Storage Dams in Eritrea, September 2017

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Travel Report – Sand Storage Dams in Eritrea, September 2017

Dear friends, In September 2017 we travelled to Eritrea to visit our project, and we want to share now our experiences and accomplishments with you. Upon arrival in the capital Asmara, we met with our project partners to discuss…

Video – Implementing a Sand Storage Dam – “Water for Eritrea”

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Video – Implementing a Sand Storage Dam – “Water for Eritrea”

During our project journey in September 2017, Kai Gebel from Two Little Designers did a great short-clip giving a good overview of our work. Video and Copyright by Kai Gebel

Construction work started

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Construction work started

Finally, after a lot of effort and untiring perseverance, the foundation has been laid and the construction work for the first stage of the sand storage dam has just started. We are very excited to share this moment of…

Good news – Ready to start!

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Good news – Ready to start!

Dear Supporters, Dear Friends, we have good news: after quite some delay we finally got the approval for cement supply. This was an important hurdle to be taken for the project’s progress. For the scheduled start of construction work…