Bahirdar Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Bahirdar, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.5688, 39.1033

402 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Bahirdar: Askale’s Story

The large Belechu river roars and races just 10 minutes from Askale Almayehu’s home. She and her family depend on the water, its constant flow and presence.

Without it, Askale doesn’t know how they would survive. At the same time, the rushing Belechu river is the source of their suffering.

Every morning before school and every afternoon after school, Askale’s three children gather water.

“We drink river water,” she said. “Its color and taste is always changing, and my family does not wish to drink this anymore.”

The river is extremely unsafe for drinking, and it’s giving families waterborne diseases that inhibit work, school, and everyday life.

“We have to move far distances to get safe water from pipes,” Askale said.

Sometimes, Askale sends her children to Worka town, a more urban community, to fill their containers with safe drinking water. It’s a long and strenuous journey, so it doesn’t happen often.

Askale grew up making far journeys like those. Now, she spends her days working with her husband on their coffee farm, gathering firewood for cooking, and doing household chores.

She is quick to smile and laugh, and she prides herself on her home and her children.

“If God allows, I want to teach my children up to higher education,” she said. “And I am very eager to see the problem of water in our village eradicated.”

Safe water and education go hand in hand. With safe water closeby, Askale’s children can spend less time at the river and more time studying, playing, and helping their parents around the house.

Askale can spend less treating waterborne illness and save money for her children’s educations.

You can help Askale’s family and others in Bahirdar village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Bahirdar village today.

July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Bahirdar! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

November 18, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

November 2018: Project Ready

Bahirdar is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Bahirdar:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bahirdar has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Bahirdar has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Bahirdar village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Bahirdar is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 402 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Bahirdar: Askale’s Story

The large Belechu river roars and races just 10 minutes from Askale Almayehu’s home. She and her family depend on the water, its constant flow and presence.

Without it, Askale doesn’t know how they would survive. At the same time, the rushing Belechu river is the source of their suffering.

Every morning before school and every afternoon after school, Askale’s three children gather water.

“We drink river water,” she said. “Its color and taste is always changing, and my family does not wish to drink this anymore.”

The river is extremely unsafe for drinking, and it’s giving families waterborne diseases that inhibit work, school, and everyday life.

“We have to move far distances to get safe water from pipes,” Askale said.

Sometimes, Askale sends her children to Worka town, a more urban community, to fill their containers with safe drinking water. It’s a long and strenuous journey, so it doesn’t happen often.

Askale grew up making far journeys like those. Now, she spends her days working with her husband on their coffee farm, gathering firewood for cooking, and doing household chores.

She is quick to smile and laugh, and she prides herself on her home and her children.

“If God allows, I want to teach my children up to higher education,” she said. “And I am very eager to see the problem of water in our village eradicated.”

Safe water and education go hand in hand. With safe water closeby, Askale’s children can spend less time at the river and more time studying, playing, and helping their parents around the house.

Askale can spend less treating waterborne illness and save money for her children’s educations.

You can help Askale’s family and others in Bahirdar village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Bahirdar village today.

Updates

July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Bahirdar! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

November 18, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

November 2018: Project Ready

Plan

Bahirdar is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Bahirdar:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bahirdar has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Bahirdar has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Bahirdar village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Bahirdar is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 402 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved