Water is also vital for growing crops to eat, for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitation.
But while drought may be the way of life here the people of Kalbaydh are lucky because they have their own underground water reservoir. The reservoir, built almost 20 years ago, is one of only 95 in the greater Hargeisa region.
Red Cross and Red Crescent have been helping to rebuild and repair some of these reserviors, known locally as Berkeds. Many, like Kalbaydh’s, were cracked and unusable due to the high cost of upkeep that many poorer rural communities like this one simply could not afford.
Kalbaydh’s Berked needed new walls and the roof repaired. Once repairs were completed late last year Somaliland Red Crescent trucked in enough water to fill it and gave every family jerry cans, buckets, soap, detergent and water purification tablets so they could collect and use the water.