Give Clean Water to Doko Anidi Village

Clean Water for Doko Anidi Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 324 people (66 families)

Project funded

“There was a time when I went to the hospital twice in a month... and sold our animals to cover the expenses.” - Aster, mother of four

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Life in Doko Anidi Village: Aster’s Story

If her girls could go to a university, it would fulfill Aster’s greatest dream. In Doko Anidi village, young girls are married off, put to work in the home, and tasked with carrying water from contaminated springs.

Aster notices that the water in their village changes color when it rains, turning a light brown with a foul taste. Still, her family has no other choice but to drink from the river.

“There was a time when I went to the hospital twice in a month because of typhoid and sold our animals to cover the expenses,” she said.

She and her neighbors make an average of three trips to the clinic a year for treatment of waterborne illnesses like typhoid and giardia, a parasite contracted from unsafe food and water.

The cost puts families deeper into poverty, causing them to sell their animals and miss precious work hours to recover from illness.

“When I get sick, my children feel unhappy because they are busy with the duties at home as well as school,” she said. “They are late for school and punished by the school director.”

Without safe water, it will be challenging for Aster and her husband to see their children through primary school, and an ever greater challenge to get them to a university.

Children are suffering from sickness right now in Doko Anidi village, but you can help 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 Doko Anidi village today.

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April 22, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Doko Anidi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

April 19, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

February 27, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Doko Anidi 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.

December 18, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

August 08, 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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water project, you'll receive:

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Latest Project News

Life in Doko Anidi Village: Aster’s Story

If her girls could go to a university, it would fulfill Aster’s greatest dream. In Doko Anidi village, young girls are married off, put to work in the home, and tasked with carrying water from contaminated springs.

Aster notices that the water in their village changes color when it rains, turning a light brown with a foul taste. Still, her family has no other choice but to drink from the river.

“There was a time when I went to the hospital twice in a month because of typhoid and sold our animals to cover the expenses,” she said.

She and her neighbors make an average of three trips to the clinic a year for treatment of waterborne illnesses like typhoid and giardia, a parasite contracted from unsafe food and water.

The cost puts families deeper into poverty, causing them to sell their animals and miss precious work hours to recover from illness.

“When I get sick, my children feel unhappy because they are busy with the duties at home as well as school,” she said. “They are late for school and punished by the school director.”

Without safe water, it will be challenging for Aster and her husband to see their children through primary school, and an ever greater challenge to get them to a university.

Children are suffering from sickness right now in Doko Anidi village, but you can help 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 Doko Anidi village today.

Read More
April 22, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Doko Anidi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

April 19, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

February 27, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Doko Anidi 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.

December 18, 2018: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Doko 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.

August 08, 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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Meet the Team

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

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Mokonen

Soboksa

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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