Wells Provide Water to a Kuchi Community in Bost District

UNDP Afghanistan: A Kuchi family fetch water from a well build with UNDP support.

More than 2400 Kuchi of Registan area in Bost district have now access to water provided by 20 wells built with support from the National Area-Based Development Programme (NABDP) and UNDP’s Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP). 

The project employed 14 local labourers to dig the wells, each earning 400 Afghani per day (about US$ 7) for a period of 40 days. Five of the labourers were former insurgents who had recently been reintegrated into their community. In addition, members of the community provided free labour and transport of materials, equivalent to 10 percent of the total budget. 

Highlights

  • “One day, my children went to bring water from the river and after several hours they came back empty-handed as a strong flood had swept away the donkeys and water containers,” said Abdul Karim, an elder from the Kuchi community.
  • Life for the Kuchi families has now changed for the better. Women and children only have to walk for a couple of minutes to get water from the wells which are equipped with hand pumps.
  • More than 2400 Kuchi of Registan area in Bost district have now access to water provided by 20 wells.

Until then, the Kuchi families had relied on rainwater accumulated in ponds or water brought by women and children on donkeys or camels from the Helmand river, 10 kilometres away, which often caused diarrhoea and other infections especially among young children. “One day, my children went to bring water from the river and after several hours they came back empty-handed as a strong flood had swept away the donkeys and water containers,” said Abdul Karim, an elder from the Kuchi community. 

Life for the Kuchi families has now changed for the better. Women and children only have to walk for a couple of minutes to get water from the wells which are equipped with hand pumps. According to Mr Karim, lack of water in the past has caused them loss of livestock, but now they have enough water also for their animals, which are their sole source of income. 

NABDP, a joint programme between UNDP and MRRD, works to achieve a significant reduction in poverty in Afghanistan focusing on agriculture and rural employment generation, the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and the development of rural infrastructure. APRP is another UNDP programme that works with the High Peace Council to encourage current combatants to renounce violence, return to their communities and begin a new and respectful life with their families. 

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