Give Clean Water to Deko Huleti Village

Give Clean Water to Deko Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 252 people (36 families)

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“Treatment of diseases, as a result of unsafe water, takes a lion share of our income… It is greater than any other challenge.” - Abebech, mother of five

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Life in Deko Huleti: Abebech’s Story

A muddy spring over an hour’s journey from Deko Huleti village is Abebech’s only source of water. When the rains wash the animal feces and dirt into the spring, it turns a light brown color.

Abebech, her five children, and her husband are one family of 36 that must drink from this spring.

“Treatment of diseases, as a result of unsafe water, takes a lion share of our income,” she said. “It is greater than any other challenge.”

The mother of five is strained under the circumstances and constantly worried for the lives of her children.

“I always fear if our children get sick because we do not have a road to take them to the hospital,” she said.

Deko Huleti village is so remote that no roads lead in or out of it; when children get seriously sick, they must be carried or sent on a motorcycle on a long, bumpy ride for treatment.

Despite these challenges, she holds onto her hope for the future.

“My greatest dream is to see my children successful in their educations, become doctors, and serve people of our village,” she said.

With safe water, Abebech would have more time, less illness, and as a result, more opportunity.

“One day I hope to have a warehouse and store different goods like beans and peas to sell during their shortage,” she said.

You can help Abebech’s family and others is Deko Huleti 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 Deko Huleti village today.

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August 21, 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 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.

May 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Deko Huleti: Abebech’s Story

A muddy spring over an hour’s journey from Deko Huleti village is Abebech’s only source of water. When the rains wash the animal feces and dirt into the spring, it turns a light brown color.

Abebech, her five children, and her husband are one family of 36 that must drink from this spring.

“Treatment of diseases, as a result of unsafe water, takes a lion share of our income,” she said. “It is greater than any other challenge.”

The mother of five is strained under the circumstances and constantly worried for the lives of her children.

“I always fear if our children get sick because we do not have a road to take them to the hospital,” she said.

Deko Huleti village is so remote that no roads lead in or out of it; when children get seriously sick, they must be carried or sent on a motorcycle on a long, bumpy ride for treatment.

Despite these challenges, she holds onto her hope for the future.

“My greatest dream is to see my children successful in their educations, become doctors, and serve people of our village,” she said.

With safe water, Abebech would have more time, less illness, and as a result, more opportunity.

“One day I hope to have a warehouse and store different goods like beans and peas to sell during their shortage,” she said.

You can help Abebech’s family and others is Deko Huleti 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 Deko Huleti village today.

Read More
August 21, 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 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.

May 2018: Project Ready
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  • Completion

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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

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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

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

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