HAF aims to address water access challenges for rural schools and communities throughout Morocco.
Water is the most precious natural resource in rural Morocco. The Kingdom has one of the lowest rural water supplies in North Africa, with approximately 40 percent of its rural inhabitants lacking access to clean drinking water. Approximately 70% of rural Moroccans lack piped potable water.
Unhealthy drinking water causes alarmingly high infant mortality – and also results in shorter life spans and reduced energy for earning a livelihoods. Further, time spent procuring non-potable water adds to the already substantial burden placed on women and girls, preventing their participation in education. Communities during participatory meetings consistently identify clean drinking as a top priority.
• HAF utilizes a variety of drinking water systems to meet different communal needs. These include digging wells or installing gravity flow systems, which deliver safe drinking water directly from mountain springs, to reservoirs and then to homes. HAF explores a variety of drinking water systems to meet community needs, including building water towers and installing solar pumps to bring water from valleys to villages situated in mountainous areas.
• Our partners share with communities important health-related information in order to avoid water-borne illnesses. Water-system maintenance and repair techniques are also taught at the grassroots level.
• By bringing villages clean drinking water, HAF can reduce infant mortality rates, improve public health conditions, and transfer skills at the grassroots level while using local materials and building techniques.
Impact and the future
HAF has built 19 clean drinking water systems with Morocco’s remote villages, benefiting approximately 4,000 people. HAF and partners have developed drinking water proposals with dozens of more rural communities in different parts of the country, and seek financial support.