CSDi Water News | Ethiopia | Uganda | Nigeria | New: 50 Field Programs | 1,000 H20 Solutions

November CSDi Newsletter
Special Issue: CSDi Water News
CSDi Water News | Ethiopia | Uganda | Nigeria | New: 50 Field Programs

This past quarter CSDi has seen a number of water related partner projects worldwide. We are seeing tremendous similarities between the projects: not enough water, too much water—and contaminated water. These challenges lead to reduced harvests, reduced income, reduced food security and nutrition, and chronic ill health from waterborne disease. Here are solution-oriented partner projects on the African continent.
1. Ethiopia | Water/Nutrition/HIV | Drip Irrigation | Urban Agriculture | Grey Water
Goshu Worku (Ethiopia), & James Yasona (South Sudan) are working in urban agriculture with 270 children & 150 women suffering from shortages of household water and food shortages from a lack of agricultural water and adequate irrigation. Many of these individuals are living with HIV/AIDS—including orphans, vulnerable children & women.
Goshu and James developed a solution-oriented project that includes:
  • Safe Water & Nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Water use management plan
  • Climate smart agricultural practices program
  • Family garden and nutrition program
  • Community youth activity program
2. Southern Uganda | Water Scarcity | Drought | Water Management | Participatory Mapping
Elijah Kajubi (Uganda), Siobhan Girling (UK), Jeff DeBlieu (US) & Alba Perez (Vietnam) are working with 300 families in SW Uganda. These agricultural families suffer from widespread malnutrition caused by climate variability—including extreme drought that reduces crop yields & negatively impacts livestock.
The solutions that they have been developing include a community-based water use management plan which will combine local knowledge with scientific knowledge. Community members will first develop a participatory mapping of water resources and uses, and then consult with a water management expert to develop a participatory process and training program for developing the water use management plan.
3. Nigeria | Vulnerabilities | Irrigation | Coping Strategies | Drought
Talitha Tukura (Nigeria), Orleans Mfune (Zambia) and Conrad Otterness (US) spent eight months working with 200 families in Kwall, Nigeria who are suffering from chronic food shortages caused by a lack of access to water and from climate variability that impacts harvests.
These challenges exacerbate the already complex problem of poverty due to a lack of agricultural income. Combined, they lead to chronically malnourished and frequently ill children—and an inability to purchase food and pay for children’s education and health care.
 Here are a range of solutions in the form of programs and activities that past students have used successfully in addressing Project challenges. Feel free to use them, modify them, or develop your own solutions instead. Many of the programs are highly specific to one student’s project and will need to be adapted to fit yours. Many of the programs have multiple activities; these are to give you options for customizing your own programs: edit the activities down as you see fit for your project.

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Tim Magee, Executive Director
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