Give Clean Water to Barumsa Village

Give Clean Water to Barumsa Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 161 people (26 families)

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“Our children are vulnerable to different waterborne diseases.” - Gishu, mother of seven

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Life in Barumsa: Gishu’s Story

The river that runs near Barumsa village is a half an hour walk from the home of Gishu and her family. Cattle drink from the river, and Gishu and her daughters depend on it for drinking water, washing, and cooking.

Before they learned it in school, Gishu’s daughters didn’t know that the water they were gathering for their family after school was to blame for all their illnesses. Now that they know, they can hardly stand to drink it.

“We have a great water problem,” Gishu said. “Sometimes my children go to the river and they miss their exams.”

When children journey to the river for water, they miss out on valuable class time.

At 35 years old, Gishu already has seven children, the youngest being three months old.

“Our children are vulnerable to different waterborne diseases,” she said.

Gishu has a big smile and a hospitable personality, but when she speaks about the water situation in her community, she’s filled with regret.

“I always wish we had the life of people who live in the towns,” she said.

To get what the community believes to be cleaner, safer water, Gishu and other mothers travel for hours to reach a natural spring. Barumsa village is in great need.

“I would like to teach my children up to university if God helps me,” the mother of seven said.

You can help Gishu’ family and others in Barumsa 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 Barumsa village today.

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December 3, 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.

December 2018: Project Ready

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Life in Barumsa: Gishu’s Story

The river that runs near Barumsa village is a half an hour walk from the home of Gishu and her family. Cattle drink from the river, and Gishu and her daughters depend on it for drinking water, washing, and cooking.

Before they learned it in school, Gishu’s daughters didn’t know that the water they were gathering for their family after school was to blame for all their illnesses. Now that they know, they can hardly stand to drink it.

“We have a great water problem,” Gishu said. “Sometimes my children go to the river and they miss their exams.”

When children journey to the river for water, they miss out on valuable class time.

At 35 years old, Gishu already has seven children, the youngest being three months old.

“Our children are vulnerable to different waterborne diseases,” she said.

Gishu has a big smile and a hospitable personality, but when she speaks about the water situation in her community, she’s filled with regret.

“I always wish we had the life of people who live in the towns,” she said.

To get what the community believes to be cleaner, safer water, Gishu and other mothers travel for hours to reach a natural spring. Barumsa village is in great need.

“I would like to teach my children up to university if God helps me,” the mother of seven said.

You can help Gishu’ family and others in Barumsa 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 Barumsa village today.

Read More
December 3, 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.

December 2018: Project Ready

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

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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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.

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

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