Give Clean Water to Chanchicha Village

Urgent Need:
15 days remaining

Urgent Need:
15 days remaining

Give Clean Water to Chanchicha Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 267 people (40 families)

15 days remaining

“Since the tragedies, we take our children to the clinic as soon as they get diarrhea.” - Takilu, father of five

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Urgent Need:
15 days remaining

Current water source

“Since the tragedies, we take our children to the clinic as soon as they get diarrhea.” - Takilu, father of five

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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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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.

December 06, 2018: Project Created

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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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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.

December 06, 2018: Project Created

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Project Milestones

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    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.

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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