Give Clean Water to Doko Midija Village

Give Clean Water to Doko Midija Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 215 people (50 families)

"We share the water with our domestic animals and when they step in it they bring a lot of diseases to the water." - Bizunesh, mother of seven

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Current water source

"We share the water with our domestic animals and when they step in it they bring a lot of diseases to the water." - Bizunesh, mother of seven

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Life in Doko Midija: Bizunesh’s Story

Bizunesh and her husband have seven hungry mouths to feed, seven thirsty children who they must provide for. There is much to be done and no time to waste.

For nine months out of the year, Bizunesh walks 2 hours on foot to a nearby village to gather water for her family.

Not only does Bizunesh lose valuable work time to gather water, but she must brave the journey alone, one that could expose her to attacks from men.

During the rainiest time of the year, she and her daughters gather water from a pond in Doko Midija village. When that dries up, Bizunesh goes back to her long walk.

“We share the water with our domestic animals and when they step in it they bring a lot of diseases to the water,” she said. “Praise be to God that we are alive and continue to pray for the well in our village.”

Last time Bizunesh contracted giardia, a waterborne parasite, she was in bed for a week, and her children missed three days of school. In rural Ethiopia, women are expected to care for the children, and while she was in bed, her children suffered.

It’s for her family’s future that she prays for safe water.

“We have started building a corrugated iron roof house, but high expenses at the clinic have hindered it,” she said.

You can help Doko Midija 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. Safe water allows families the time, physical health, and saved income to invest in their futures.

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 Midija village today.

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December 18, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Doko Midija! 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 06, 2018: Project Created

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Life in Doko Midija: Bizunesh’s Story

Bizunesh and her husband have seven hungry mouths to feed, seven thirsty children who they must provide for. There is much to be done and no time to waste.

For nine months out of the year, Bizunesh walks 2 hours on foot to a nearby village to gather water for her family.

Not only does Bizunesh lose valuable work time to gather water, but she must brave the journey alone, one that could expose her to attacks from men.

During the rainiest time of the year, she and her daughters gather water from a pond in Doko Midija village. When that dries up, Bizunesh goes back to her long walk.

“We share the water with our domestic animals and when they step in it they bring a lot of diseases to the water,” she said. “Praise be to God that we are alive and continue to pray for the well in our village.”

Last time Bizunesh contracted giardia, a waterborne parasite, she was in bed for a week, and her children missed three days of school. In rural Ethiopia, women are expected to care for the children, and while she was in bed, her children suffered.

It’s for her family’s future that she prays for safe water.

“We have started building a corrugated iron roof house, but high expenses at the clinic have hindered it,” she said.

You can help Doko Midija 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. Safe water allows families the time, physical health, and saved income to invest in their futures.

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 Midija village today.

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December 18, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Doko Midija! 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 06, 2018: Project Created

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water project, you'll receive:

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  • Progress

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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

  • Healthy Village

    Healthy Village

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

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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