Give Clean Water to Bakitu Village

Give Clean Water to Bakitu Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 201 people (25 families)

Almost funded!

"I wish the problem of water would be solved so we can prevent disease.” - Itu, mother of three

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Life in Bakitu: Itu’s Story

Painted in the local language, Amharic, near Itu Zenebe’s front door, is a quote that reads, “Me and my family members believe in God.’’ Itu’s family lives in Bakutu village in rural Ethiopia, where Christians are the minority and families rely on contaminated drinking water.

Each day, Itu makes three trips to the spring to gather water for the family. The spring is very old and has started to break down. According to Itu, rain erodes the side of the mountain and pushes contaminants into the exposed, concrete water source.

“I wish the problem of water would be solved so we can prevent disease,” Itu said.

Itu and her husband, Melese, have three children. When safe water and sanitation aren’t available in communities, young children are especially vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. Itu said that not only are her children in and out of hospitals and clinics for waterborne disease, but they have received poor grades for missing so much school.

“We wait long hours in line to gather water,” she said.

Although the spring is only a 15-minute walk from her home, it’s badly overcrowded and taking away valuable work time. Bakitu village needs a new, safe water source to serve their community.

“I hope my children get educated and become civil servant workers to serve us and their people,” Itu said.

Itu and her husband are hard workers who want the best for their children and grandchildren.

With safe water of their own, Itu can spend less time waiting in long lines and more time tending to her farm and increasing their harvest. Her children can spend less time sick and more time in class, studying, and playing.

“I am hopeful to see our long years’ problem of water solved,” she said.

You can help Itu’s family and others in Bakitu 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 Bakitu village today.

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September 09, 2019: Village Certified 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.

November 22, 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
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Life in Bakitu: Itu’s Story

Painted in the local language, Amharic, near Itu Zenebe’s front door, is a quote that reads, “Me and my family members believe in God.’’ Itu’s family lives in Bakutu village in rural Ethiopia, where Christians are the minority and families rely on contaminated drinking water.

Each day, Itu makes three trips to the spring to gather water for the family. The spring is very old and has started to break down. According to Itu, rain erodes the side of the mountain and pushes contaminants into the exposed, concrete water source.

“I wish the problem of water would be solved so we can prevent disease,” Itu said.

Itu and her husband, Melese, have three children. When safe water and sanitation aren’t available in communities, young children are especially vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. Itu said that not only are her children in and out of hospitals and clinics for waterborne disease, but they have received poor grades for missing so much school.

“We wait long hours in line to gather water,” she said.

Although the spring is only a 15-minute walk from her home, it’s badly overcrowded and taking away valuable work time. Bakitu village needs a new, safe water source to serve their community.

“I hope my children get educated and become civil servant workers to serve us and their people,” Itu said.

Itu and her husband are hard workers who want the best for their children and grandchildren.

With safe water of their own, Itu can spend less time waiting in long lines and more time tending to her farm and increasing their harvest. Her children can spend less time sick and more time in class, studying, and playing.

“I am hopeful to see our long years’ problem of water solved,” she said.

You can help Itu’s family and others in Bakitu 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 Bakitu village today.

Read More
September 09, 2019: Village Certified 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.

November 22, 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
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

  • Project Ready

    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

  • Healthy Village

    Healthy Village

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Meet the Team

Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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