Nestled within the rugged yet beautiful terrains of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, lies the village of Loy Ragha, home to two communities that have coexisted peacefully for generations.   

The two communities, residing in the upper and lower parts of Loy Ragha village, relied on a solar-powered water network established in 2009. However, lack of maintenance and power issues soon led to water shortages, sparking daily disputes over water allocation. This situation started to disrupt the peaceful life that the communities had enjoyed for so long. 

"We have faced difficult times with water scarcity," said Sabit Khan, a community member. "Getting water for basic needs became a daily battle."  

Maihan, a water point clerk, added, "Fetching water became a heavy burden, especially on women and children, stealing precious time from their education, jobs, and self-care." 

IOM staff inspect the solar panels during a monitoring visit. Photo: IOM/Ulfat Shinwari

In response to the communities’ needs, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with funding from the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF), rehabilitated the water network by repairing and installing new solar panels, and rebuilding tap stands and pipes. This work brought the water system back to life, delivering clean and sustainable water access to more than 100 families. 

IOM also engaged the community in training and awareness sessions about environmental cleanliness and water conservation, fostering a culture of sustainable water management. 

The revitalization project not only restored water access but also marked the beginning of a renewed era of peace and strengthened social cohesion in Loy Ragha. 

"The days of water scarcity and conflict are behind us. Now, we are blessed with abundance and resolution," said Sabit Khan. 

IOM staff meet with the community members during a monitoring visit. Photo: IOM/Ulfat Shinwari
SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation