Villagers in the West Bara locality of North Kordofan are working round the clock to rehabilitate a water reservoir, or haffir, which should be ready for the approaching rainy season. The haffir will collect and store rain water to ensure that over 8,000 villagers across West Bara will have access to potable water for five months when the long dry season comes. Through WFP's food-for-work project, villagers working on the project will receive food vouchers in return for their work and to help them cope with the hunger season.
The water reservoir, or haffir, the villagers in North Kordofan are rehabilitating was constructed by CARE International in 1996. A local NGO, El Sugya Charity, is now managing the rehabilitation project. WFP also works with the State Water Corporation that provides technical expertise and knowledge in haffir rehabilitation.
Villagers work together in digging a plot. Tasks are divided among five-member groups; some dig the plots while others work on embankments, trenches and wells. A single group is able to dig a plot in two days and for each 10 days of work, each participant receives a food voucher worth 110 Sudanese Pounds (US$19).
WFP's food-for-work project encourages women's active involvement in rehabilitating the haffir. Women comprise 70 percent of those working on the project. Once the rehabilitation work is completed, this water reservoir will help reduce the amount of time and money women spend on collecting water from other villages.
A villager measuring a Sorghum purchase; a staple in Sudan and one of the 12 food items villagers can buy with their WFP vouchers. They can also buy rice and pulses as well as fresh produce like meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables. WFP food-for-work project offers a twofold benefit to villagers; it creates assets for the community while providing food assistance needed during the lean season.