Give Clean Water to Dhidota Village

Clean Water for Dhidota Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 224 people (32 families)

Project funded

“Every spring we fetch from is crowded and full of men…. Sometimes you may see when people are fighting each other for water.” - Grandmother Warite

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Life in Dhidota: Warite’s Story

Two-year-old Galane would not stop throwing up, and the child’s body was weak. Fear overcame her grandmother. Yet, somehow, she managed to call for help and get Galane on a motorcycle to Kokosa Hospital.

Warite believes the doctors saved her granddaughter’s life that day.

At age two, Galane is the most vulnerable of anyone in Dhidota village to water-related illness. Her immune system is just developing, and frequent diarrhea caused by contaminated food and water weakens and exposes her to many other diseases.

In Dhidota village, Grandmother Warite raises Galane and another granddaughter. She has five children of her own, most of whom have married and moved away.

At 65 years old, Warite still makes the journey to a contaminated spring to gather water three times a day. Most days, Galane goes with her to gather the water.

“I hate the months from January to April,” she said.

During those months, the rain diminishes greatly, and getting water becomes even more challenging.

“Every spring we fetch from is crowded and full of men,” she said. “Sometimes you may see when people are fighting each other for water.”
For communities like Dhidota, the scarcity of water puts families in strenuous situations, and villages become divided.

Although Grandmother Warite and her grandchildren manage to avoid the fights, danger lurks in the water they drink.

“I feel so sad when my little granddaughters are sick,” she said. “We do not have easy transport to the hospital, and I wish things would change and we would have safe water.”

Treatment for water-related illness is expensive, and last time Galana fell ill, Warite spent $14 dollars to treat her. For families living in extreme poverty, the cost is astronomical and the illness frequent.

“I wish and pray to live longer and see the fruits of my children,” Warite said.

You can help Warite’s family and others in Dhidota 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.

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 Dhidota village today.

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April 23, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Dhidota! 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.

March 19, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Dhidota! 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 28, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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Latest Project News

Life in Dhidota: Warite’s Story

Two-year-old Galane would not stop throwing up, and the child’s body was weak. Fear overcame her grandmother. Yet, somehow, she managed to call for help and get Galane on a motorcycle to Kokosa Hospital.

Warite believes the doctors saved her granddaughter’s life that day.

At age two, Galane is the most vulnerable of anyone in Dhidota village to water-related illness. Her immune system is just developing, and frequent diarrhea caused by contaminated food and water weakens and exposes her to many other diseases.

In Dhidota village, Grandmother Warite raises Galane and another granddaughter. She has five children of her own, most of whom have married and moved away.

At 65 years old, Warite still makes the journey to a contaminated spring to gather water three times a day. Most days, Galane goes with her to gather the water.

“I hate the months from January to April,” she said.

During those months, the rain diminishes greatly, and getting water becomes even more challenging.

“Every spring we fetch from is crowded and full of men,” she said. “Sometimes you may see when people are fighting each other for water.”
For communities like Dhidota, the scarcity of water puts families in strenuous situations, and villages become divided.

Although Grandmother Warite and her grandchildren manage to avoid the fights, danger lurks in the water they drink.

“I feel so sad when my little granddaughters are sick,” she said. “We do not have easy transport to the hospital, and I wish things would change and we would have safe water.”

Treatment for water-related illness is expensive, and last time Galana fell ill, Warite spent $14 dollars to treat her. For families living in extreme poverty, the cost is astronomical and the illness frequent.

“I wish and pray to live longer and see the fruits of my children,” Warite said.

You can help Warite’s family and others in Dhidota 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.

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 Dhidota village today.

Read More
April 23, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Dhidota! 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.

March 19, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Dhidota! 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 28, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

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  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

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    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    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.

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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