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ACF Spain Awarded The First Grant Contract

March 9, 2016

On Wednesday 02nd of March 2016 ACF Spain (Action against Hunger) was awarded the Grant Contract of the 1st Call for Proposal on Construction of Cistern Reservoirs and Rehabilitation of Roman Wells in the Governorate of Matrouh, launched by the Programme earlier in November 2015.

The project of this grant is called “Water Supply through Household Water Harvesting Practices for Sustainable Management of Territorial Resources – “Wash Matrouh” and the awarded applicant is an international NGO committed to ending world hunger, working to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

Hence, over the duration of 12 months, ACF in partnership with of Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and dry Areas (ACSAD) will attempt to increase water harvesting to reduce the severe shortage of water supply for domestic use and animal consumption, as well as family agricultural productions with the overall objective of improving the quality of life of the people and Bedouins living in the rural areas of Matrouh with special focus on the sustainable management of territorial resources with an EU contribution of 600,000 EUR.

In the target area of Ras El Hekma, Matrouh, El Negila, Sidi Barani and El-Salloum districts; more than 6000 people will directly benefit from the construction/rehabilitation of water harvesting facilities, and more than 20.000 people will be final beneficiaries of the project with the aim of the intervention of increasing water treatment practice and reducing the incidence of water-related diseases (diarrheal diseases). The local Authorities involved in this intervention are the Desert Research Centre (DRC).

The expected results of the intervention include improved access to water through the construction and or rehabilitation of 390 water harvesting facilities at the household level for domestic use, animal consumption and family agricultural productions as well as increased water treatment practices at the household level to improve drinking water quality and reduce water-related diseases.


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