Imagine walking over 30 miles in search of drinking water that is often unsafe and unsanitary. For many families in Puntland, Somalia, this is a way of life.


Water Crisis


Our Efforts


Development Sector

At Horn Relief Orginization we are working to create a self sustaining solution to water insecurity in Somalia.







We combine extensive research gathered from independent studies done while stationed in Somalia, with examinations conducted by Altai Consulting and most importantly anecdotal information from locals who have endured the hardships brought on by the near-decade drought and constant conflict to plot the central location to begin our project.



Sourcing labor from local drilling companies we begin the well installation. Applying information gathered in the planning & preparation stage, we install the well in a central location that creates an ease of access for as many Somalians as possible.



One of our organizations the central focuses is creating a system of self-sufficiency that would allow the well to thrive without external support. We have created a system that generates revenue to cover maintenance, security, and other expenses involved with the well.



After the well installation is complete and infrastructure is in place we then place our focus on monitoring the well and gathering data to ensure our next build is just as or more efficient and the infrastructure set in place is functioning optimally.


By The Numbers

The water supply situation in northern Somalia (Puntland) is poor, particularly in rural areas where women and children travel long distances to a water source in the dry season to collect water for domestic and livestock use. Surface water resources are generally scarce because of their dependency on seasonal climatic variations that leave traditional surface water storage facilities either partially filled or empty. The majority of the Somali population have no access to an improved source of water and access to improved sanitation facilities.

  • Only 45% of Somalis have access to improved water sources and this increases the risk of outbreaks of waterborne diseases.
  • The prevalence of open defecation in rural areas is estimated as 56%.
  • More than 90% of the arid and semi-arid land areas have extremely limited access to water resources.
Drought Displacements

There have been 739,000 documented drought displacements since November 2016. More than 480,000 of the displaced, or 65 per cent, are under the age of 18. Moreover, people under 5 years old represent more than one-quarter (195,000) of all those displaced — and are the most at risk of malnutrition and disease.


There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

John Holmes

Water is one of the immediate basic needs of the rural communities in the whole Puntland, particularly the Bari region. Districts belonging to the Bari region are among the worst affected by the drought after the Gu’ season failed to produce rain in many parts of Somalia. The Districts, therefore, have little to no water to support livestock, 1000s of villagers and about 1000s pastoralist families who all depend on water stored in cemented water reservoirs (Berkets).

Daily life in the Bari region of Puntland is made more difficult by poor sanitation and inadequate water supply. The accessibility of clean water is essential to the eradication of poverty and diseases as well as the long-term attainment of sustainable economic and social development. In Somalia, the majority of nomads and small villages are dependent on unpredictable surface water runoffs that fluctuate with each rainfall. Drinking water is often contaminated.

Our goal is to increase the availability of potable water for drought-affected peoples. We also seek to establish water management committees that will ensure community participation and build a level of self-sufficiency to combat this issue further.

Specific objectives

  • Increase access to a safe and adequate water supply through appropriate water trucking in drought and war-affected communities.
  •  To save the lives of the villagers and surrounding pastoralist as they cannot avoid purchasing water trucked by local businessmen and the nearest water source is over 90 kilometers (55.92 miles) aways. 

With the help from Puntland Security Agencies and Bari Regional Administration We have indicated ongoing Displacement in Qandala due to Current Fighting of ALSHABAB and Daish (ISIS) with clear evidence of severely reduced food access in six areas of Qandala Villages. Clashes Between Alshabab and ISIS have led mass internal population displacements were 1000 People are displaced; more families are expected to register in the next days and weeks. The affected families (1,000 individuals) require immediate lifesaving food assistance as soon as Possible to prevent loss of life and livelihood, targeting the most vulnerable households in the villages.

On behalf of the displaced communities affected households need the food parcels equivalent to those provided by the World Food Programme and recommended by the Somalia food security cluster. The food packs which include: Rice, Flour, Sugar, cooking oil, tea leaves, milk powder, and Spaghetti. Un Conditional cash vouchers can be provided through mobile money transfer technology or general food vouchers where there is access to markets. The relief food will target vulnerable households who do not have access to food as a result of the displacement; with the primary objective of saving lives and preserving livelihoods. Relief food assistance will be channeled to the affected households with insufficient food and to those with no livestock or other sources of income to purchase food and different basic needs. It will primarily be channeled to female, child, and elderly headed households without visible means of survival.

Our goal is to establish solidarity through dialogue between women and youth for active cooperation and enforcement of women/youth participation in the overall governing structures of the community/society in Qandala District of  Puntland, Somalia.

The women in Somalia actively participated in the liberation struggle, as well as in peacebuilding among the communities. However, the community structure ignores their contributions and excludes them from decision-making and positions of leadership. These marginalized women of Somalia are also victims of culturally accepted domestic violence which forces them to take a submissive position in shaping the society and the political life of Somalia. There is an urgent need to involve women in decision-making.

Our unique workshops aim to bring youth and women in Qandala Somalia together to establish networks and breed co-operation for the first time in an effort to empower women and youth.


Together We Can Make A Difference