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Dear Friend,

As we near the end of the year, we’re looking back
at some of the things that we have achieved—not
just this year but during our development as an

organisation, and indeed our partners in the Sahel.

In that vain, we’re incredibly pleased to present you
with this sand dam special, highlighting just how
meaningful small scale, local and affordable projects
can be to communities in rural Sudan.

In other news, we are continuing to raise funds for
SOS Sahel Ethiopia’s environmental project, which is
entering its third year. So far, they have achieved a
lot in the realm of natural resource management
and job creation for youths. We look forward to
updating you on this project in the next newsletter.

Unfortunately, the situation in South Sudan is still
extremely difficult, and SOS Sahel South Sudan have
not been able to find any further funding. Over the
last few months, we have been trying to secure
donations from trusts and foundations for a small-
scale women focused project in Terekeka state and
we will continue to look for these funds to help the
organisation become active once again.

As far as the UK office goes, things are becoming
more uncertain. We are continuing to support our
partners, who are increasingly busy in Sudan and
Ethiopia—which is a very positive thing! However,
funding for the UK office is proving difficult to come
by as programme funding opportunities are
currently few and far between for small
organisations like us. That is why support from you
really does make all the difference. Without our loyal
donor base, we would struggle to survive, to the
detriment of our partners and the communities they

Thank you,

dni Yonge

Linda Horgan, Director

SOS Sahel

International UK

SOS Sahel Newsletter

Water in Sudan: a Sand Dam Special

We have told you about our sand dams many times before - probably
once a year since we began constructing them eight years ago.
However, today will be a bit different as we share with you evidence
of the enduring impact of these simple structures. In rural South
Kordofan, Sudan, where access to water is not a given, these simple,
cheap and effective structures have given people a lifeline. Eight
years since transferring the technology to Sudan, we hired a
consultant to conduct an analysis of the sand dam programme and its
impacts today. Sue Cavanna, who was actually the Director of SOS
Sahel UK at the time the first sand dam was built in Sudan, recently
travelled to Sudan to talk to staff and communities that have been
involved in the sand dam programme. We wanted to share with you
some of the conversations that she had:

“It used to take us four hours to fetch water in the dry season from
January to April. The children had to help us but they were very tired;
even if they went to school they were so tired and did not learn much.
But since the sand dam was built, we have never failed to have
enough water in our village. Now the water is nearby, the children are
learning at school... There has been a big change. Our farming income
is much better; since the dam we are growing more fruit to sell and
have money to buy furniture for our homes and more dresses. Before
we only had one dress for special occasions and now we have many...
We used to buy vegetables from the market to eat, now we no longer
buy any as we plant our own vegetables and eat those. Our children
are a bit fat too. They have enough food and get sick less; less
diarrhoea, less malaria.”

Khaltoum is living in a village near to Tortang with her children and
husband. SOS Sahel built two sand dams in Tortang village in 2012;
both are now mature and have harvested seven years of rain and

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Every donation we receive helps us to support
our local African partner organisations work
with poor vulnerable communities in order for
them to become strengthened, sustainable
and resilient communities. With only three
staff and a small shared office space, we’re
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costs to a minimum so that your donation
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Every gift in every will, however large or small,
makes a difference. By leaving a gift to SOS
Sahel UK in your will, you can help
marginalised Sahelian communities build
themselves a brighter future, with stronger
voices to influence those with the power to
end dryland poverty. Gifts don’t have to be
lump sums, but can be residuary (e.g. 1% of
your estate). So if you are thinking about your
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On the ElTamraya river in Kadugli, a series of three dams were built in
2016, 2017 and 2018. Three women, Zahara, Taibor, and Hadija,
reflect on the changes they have seen over the last three years.

“We have seen a big difference in our lives. Before there was no water
and we had to go very far and queue for water at the water yard. Now
we have water for cooking and drinking. The animals also have water
nearby. Before, the river bed would not keep water in it, so there was
no mashish (scoop holes). Now the water level in the ground has
increased... the hand dug well now has water until April, almost until
the next rains... Our crops are growing better than they did -we think
that is because more water is held underground.”

Gasim and Ibrahim (below), from Amatar village, share their story:

‘We suffered a lot for water. We only had
our traditional wells before but now water is
available because we have this dam. Now
we are comfortable... We use the upstream
area for domestic uses and the downstream
area to water animals. Now you can dig a °
mashish anywhere and find water. Nomads
can take water freely without even needing
to ask. Even their animals can drink freely—

their goats, sheep and camels.”

Just these few quotes show what an impressive impact these
structures make. Just one sand dam can significantly raise the water
table, improving life for thousands of people living, farming, and
grazing their herds nearby. We wouldn’t have been able to support
the construction of so many sand dams without the help from
individual donors like yourselves, as well as the kind support of
Guernsey overseas aid commission and St Mary’s church in Oxford for
their generous contributions. Thank you very much!

With thanks also to © Sue Cavanna for all of these beautiful photos.

SOS Sahel

International UK

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