In the St Katherines area of South Sinai as well as the village of St Katherines itself many of the small communities have a problem with clean drinking water. Many of the old drinking wells have dried up or been filled in by floods so the only water available is via a government scheme that sells water to the Bedouin. The problem with this water that comes in by truck, is that it contains mineral salts which make the children ill and can only be used for washing. The Bedouin would much rather have clean well water and often they drive for many miles to collect water from distant wells. When they cannot do this, the Bedouin women may have to walk long distances to neighbour’s wells that have good water and where the well owner allows them to take what they need. A Bedouin will never deny water to anyone who needs it meaning that many wells are over used.
The owners of the wells ask for no charge and sometimes as many as 50 women will arrive each day to collect water from a single well. In the summer there is not enough water for everyone and some of these well owners have asked the Makhad Trust for help to deepen and repair their wells. They would also like to make it easier and safer for the women to get their water.
The purpose of the project is to repair and deepen some of the wells so that there is sufficient drinking water for those who live nearby.
The beneficiaries will be the villagers in the St Katherines general area.
The Makhad Trust project work will be to assist each well owner to deepen his or her well to repair the sides, create flood protection and to create easier and safer access for the women via a water storage tank and taps.
A downloadable leaflet is available here: Community Drinking Wells