Afghanistan: Rebuilding reservoir benefits farmers in Bamyan

05 July 2016

In the remote western highlands of Bamyan province, farmers are keeping their crops watered by rebuilding a traditional reservoir thanks to an ICRC cash-for-work project.

Over 700 families are benefiting from the scheme in five villages of Yakawlang district. The community provided the labour force for the work, which involved constructing a wall 65 m long and 3.5 m high using stones, cement and gravel to strengthen the community's existing fragile reservoir wall made in the traditional way out of mud. The reservoir is situated some 100 metres from a stream, and melting and seasonal rains help to keep it full.

As the long, hot summer takes hold in Yakawlang, the community is beginning to benefit from their efforts.

"We felt very vulnerable, particularly during the summer when water shortages often caused our crops to fail, " remarks Mr Yaquob, from Hawz-e-Lookhak village. "We now have enough water for our fields all year round."