In order to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in water and sanitation, Qatar Charity set up a water plant in the Al-Abbas Village of Wad Hamid in the River Nile State of Sudan, to benefit 18,000 people of the village and surrounding areas and protect them from waterborne diseases. This comes as part of Qatar Charity's ongoing efforts to provide the drought-affected communities in Africa, especially destitute families in Sudan, with safe drinking water in their areas of origin by drilling wells and setting up water plants, as Qatar Charity has previously implemented many water plant projects in the River Nile State. The water plant, which was implemented at the cost of USD 540,000, has a production capacity of 1,800m3 per day.
Equipped with a 100m3 water tank, it targets many villages of Wad Hamid in the River Nile State such as Abbas, Hawadet, Madeesa and Elgala. The Director of Qatar Charity's office in Sudan Hocine Kermache, said there was a scarcity of drinking water resources for safe use, which has resulted in spreading waterborne diseases in Wad Hamid. However, this water plant will provide beneficiaries with an easy access to clean and safe water, which will bring many health benefits for them, Kermache noted. He also said that the plant would also contribute to reducing the rate of displacement from drought-hit areas in search of water resources, in addition to playing a significant role in the economic development, sanitation improvement and social stability in the region. Qatar Charity is currently working on setting up another water plant in the Al Karida village of the White Nile State, which is expected to benefit 5,000 people in the village. Earlier, Qatar Charity has set up four water plants in many villages scattered along the Nile River, at the cost of QR 7.5mn, to meet the needs of more than 87,000 people for clean drinking water.
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