Clean Water to Chanchicha Village

Previous water source (L), newly completed water source (R)

Clean Water for Chanchicha Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 267 people (40 families)

Completed on March 31, 2019

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Life in Chanchicha: Almaz’s Story

Three years ago in Chanchicha village, a woman named Getu lost all three of her children to acute diarrhea. The cause? Doctors say contaminated food and water.

Since then, Takilu Shibiru, his wife Almaz, and their five children have lived in fear.

“Since the tragedies, we take our children to the clinic as soon as they get diarrhea,” Takilu said.

The journey is three hours on foot with a sick child in their arms, and the cost is astronomical for a family making only a few dollars a day.

Takilu and his wife are farmers in Chanchicha village. While Takilu is working the land, Almaz and her small children gather the water from a contaminated spring half a mile away.

The spring gathers in muddy puddles on the ground, and it is not protected from harmful contaminants.

“I do not know how to get out from under this tension,” the mother of five said.

The tension she feels is the choice between drinking contaminated water and getting sick, or having nothing to drink at all. They have no choice but to drink the water.

One day, Almaz dreams of sending her children to school without worrying about the cost of their education or whether or not they will survive their childhoods.

You can help Almaz’s family and others in Chanchicha 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. For families in Chanchicha village, clean water means no more fear, aching stomachs, or journeys for water.

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 Chanchicha village today.

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March 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Chanchicha!

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

February 13, 2019: Construction started

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

February 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Chanchicha has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

February 08, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Chanchicha has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

December 31, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Chanchicha! 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.

August 09, 2018: 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.

May 04, 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.

May 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Chanchicha: Almaz’s Story

Three years ago in Chanchicha village, a woman named Getu lost all three of her children to acute diarrhea. The cause? Doctors say contaminated food and water.

Since then, Takilu Shibiru, his wife Almaz, and their five children have lived in fear.

“Since the tragedies, we take our children to the clinic as soon as they get diarrhea,” Takilu said.

The journey is three hours on foot with a sick child in their arms, and the cost is astronomical for a family making only a few dollars a day.

Takilu and his wife are farmers in Chanchicha village. While Takilu is working the land, Almaz and her small children gather the water from a contaminated spring half a mile away.

The spring gathers in muddy puddles on the ground, and it is not protected from harmful contaminants.

“I do not know how to get out from under this tension,” the mother of five said.

The tension she feels is the choice between drinking contaminated water and getting sick, or having nothing to drink at all. They have no choice but to drink the water.

One day, Almaz dreams of sending her children to school without worrying about the cost of their education or whether or not they will survive their childhoods.

You can help Almaz’s family and others in Chanchicha 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. For families in Chanchicha village, clean water means no more fear, aching stomachs, or journeys for water.

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 Chanchicha village today.

Read More
March 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Chanchicha!

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

February 13, 2019: Construction started

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

February 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Chanchicha has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

February 08, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Chanchicha has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

December 31, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Chanchicha! 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.

August 09, 2018: 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.

May 04, 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.

May 2018: Project Ready
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