Impact of water

IAS has drilled more than 5000 boreholes during the last 25 years. Today IAS operates 15 drilling units in 5 strategic countries – Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia. In IAS other countries this component is outsourced to other actors. The drilling units are managed by locally trained and equipped personnel. Through this approach IAS is able to maintain a physical presence and access into some of the most unchartered terrains globally.

Some of the fundamentals around water:

  • It is a key driver for economic growth – a nearby water source reduces time to collect water by an average of at least 4 hours in the contexts we work. This enables people, in particular women, to partake in other activities of the society including income generating activities of various forms.
  • Has ripple effects in stimulation of growth of other sectors – water is the foundation upon which other sectors can be built, such as health (hospitals, clinics etc), agriculture, education, livestock breeding etc.
  • Increases school enrolment and learning – young children, particularly girls, are often asked to quit school in order to take care of their younger siblings. With a nearby water source there is no ground to justify girls not attending school.
  • Counteracts early marriages for girls – the longer they can stay in school, the longer they can delay marriage.
  • Improves health, sanitation and hygiene – 80% of health related problems in the contexts we work are water related.
  • Protection for especially women and girls – reducing time to collect water also limits the security risks of women and girls faced when fetching water. Oftentimes there is a dramatic reduction in sexual gender based violence thanks to water.
  • Reduces conflict over natural resources and promotes peaceful co-existence between communities.