Harvesting Water

project partner:Intermediate Technology Development Group
location:Northern Dafur
funding period:2003

summary ITDG (Intermediate Technology Development Group) aims to build the technical skills of poor people in developing countries, enabling them to improve the quality of their lives and that of future generations. It was founded in 1966 by E F Schumacher, author of the book "Small is Beautiful".

In 2003 Trade plus Aid® donated £26,000 to fund ITDG projects in the village of Abu Digaise, in Northern Darfur, one of the poorest states in Sudan with 90% of the population living below the poverty line.

In addition, the EU has granted ITDG £78,000 in matching funds to support the programme in Darfur. Trade plus Aid's donation has enabled ITDG to release three times more support from the EU to do similar work in neighbouring villages in Darfur making a total of £104,000.

With Trade plus Aid's funding, ITDG will now be able to introduce water-harvesting technologies into Abu Digaise. By supporting ITDG, we have a positive, long-lasting affect on the people of Abu Digaise. Together, we can give them a future that is long-term, sustainable and - for perhaps the first time - with real hope.

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The rains have failed in Western Sudan for the last dozen years. Last year in Darfur, there was only two hours of rain all through the "rainy" season.
- ITDG November 2002


Sorghum - the basic food in Sudan


Huge pumpkins can be grown in the wadis only because of the water-harvesting techniques ITDG have introduced.