Give Clean Water to Deko Anidi Village

Give Clean Water to Deko Anidi Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 218 people (49 families)

“I wish to see a better life for my children.” - Tsahanesh, mother of two

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Current water source

“I wish to see a better life for my children.” - Tsahanesh, mother of two

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Life in Deko Anidi: Tsahanesh’s Story

Tsahanesh is worried about sending her children on the dangerous journey to look for water during the dry season. They will have to miss school, likely for months.

In 6th grade, Tsahanesh was pulled out of school to get married. Today, at the age of 20, she has two young children with her husband, Shibru, in Deko Anidi village.

“Marriage so early was difficult,” she said. “I wanted to stay in school and I wish always that I had more education.”

In rural Ethiopia, young marriages are commonplace, and girls already shouldering the responsibility of journeying for water are further removed from their education by marriage.

Each morning in Deko Anidi, Tsahanesh’s small children walk to the natural spring a mile from their home, and the whole family suffers from diarrhea and frequent stomach pains. Besides the inconvenience of it all, it keeps Tsahanesh’s family from thriving as God intends.

When they are sick, it creates further emotional and financial stress on the family of four.

During the dry season, the natural spring dries up, and mothers in Deko Anidi send their children to gather water far away. Tsahanesh is worried about sending her children on the dangerous journey.

“I wish to see a better life for my children,” she said.

You can help Tsahanesh’s children and all of Deko Anidi 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. With clean water, children will take walks to class rather than to far away rivers and ponds.

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 Deko Anidi village today.

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January 11, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Deko Anidi! 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: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

October 29, 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 02, 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 Deko Anidi: Tsahanesh’s Story

Tsahanesh is worried about sending her children on the dangerous journey to look for water during the dry season. They will have to miss school, likely for months.

In 6th grade, Tsahanesh was pulled out of school to get married. Today, at the age of 20, she has two young children with her husband, Shibru, in Deko Anidi village.

“Marriage so early was difficult,” she said. “I wanted to stay in school and I wish always that I had more education.”

In rural Ethiopia, young marriages are commonplace, and girls already shouldering the responsibility of journeying for water are further removed from their education by marriage.

Each morning in Deko Anidi, Tsahanesh’s small children walk to the natural spring a mile from their home, and the whole family suffers from diarrhea and frequent stomach pains. Besides the inconvenience of it all, it keeps Tsahanesh’s family from thriving as God intends.

When they are sick, it creates further emotional and financial stress on the family of four.

During the dry season, the natural spring dries up, and mothers in Deko Anidi send their children to gather water far away. Tsahanesh is worried about sending her children on the dangerous journey.

“I wish to see a better life for my children,” she said.

You can help Tsahanesh’s children and all of Deko Anidi 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. With clean water, children will take walks to class rather than to far away rivers and ponds.

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 Deko Anidi village today.

Read More
January 11, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Deko Anidi! 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: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

October 29, 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 02, 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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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

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    Village Has Safe Water Source

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Meet the Team

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

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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