Give Clean Water to Charcho Huleti Village

Clean Water for Charcho Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 216 people (42 families)

Project funded

“I feel uncomfortable when we have a guest over because I know they will get sick if I offer them our water.” - Birtu, a young mother

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Life in Charcho Huleti Village: Birtu’s Story

Birtu Badach married her husband, Buna, when she was 15 years old. Today, the two are raising their daughter in Charcho Huleti village.

Birtu gathers their water from a contaminated spring near the village. She said that although she, her four-year-old daughter, and her husband struggle with the usual diarrhea and stomach pains from the water, her neighbor has been recovering from typhoid—a more life-threatening illness—the last few months.

Birtu worries for her daughter. Water contaminated with typhoid fever can be fatal, especially among young children.

But, the family has no other choice but to drink the water. There is no safe water nearby.

The young mother’s biggest dream is to finish her schooling. Because she married so young, and she spends so many hours collecting water, she has not been able to complete her primary school education. She wants to spare the same fate for her daughter.

“I wish for my daughter to get an education when she is old enough,” she said.

You can help Birtu’s family and all of Charcho Huleti 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 Charcho Huleti, clean water means they don’t have to live in fear of water-borne illness. It means children and their parents will be able to go back to school.

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 Charcho Huleti village today.

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January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Charcho Huleti 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.

January 11, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Charcho Huleti! 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 27, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Charcho Huleti! 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 07, 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 03, 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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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

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Latest Project News

Life in Charcho Huleti Village: Birtu’s Story

Birtu Badach married her husband, Buna, when she was 15 years old. Today, the two are raising their daughter in Charcho Huleti village.

Birtu gathers their water from a contaminated spring near the village. She said that although she, her four-year-old daughter, and her husband struggle with the usual diarrhea and stomach pains from the water, her neighbor has been recovering from typhoid—a more life-threatening illness—the last few months.

Birtu worries for her daughter. Water contaminated with typhoid fever can be fatal, especially among young children.

But, the family has no other choice but to drink the water. There is no safe water nearby.

The young mother’s biggest dream is to finish her schooling. Because she married so young, and she spends so many hours collecting water, she has not been able to complete her primary school education. She wants to spare the same fate for her daughter.

“I wish for my daughter to get an education when she is old enough,” she said.

You can help Birtu’s family and all of Charcho Huleti 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 Charcho Huleti, clean water means they don’t have to live in fear of water-borne illness. It means children and their parents will be able to go back to school.

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 Charcho Huleti village today.

Read More
January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Charcho Huleti 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.

January 11, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Charcho Huleti! 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 27, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Charcho Huleti! 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 07, 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 03, 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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When you follow or donate to this
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    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

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  • 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.

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Mokonen

Soboksa

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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