Give Clean Water to Doko Midija Village

Clean Water for 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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February 1, 2019: Construction started

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

February 07, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 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.

January 26, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Doko Midija has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

November 11, 2018: Water Committee formed

Good news! Doko Midija 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.

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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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.

Read More
February 1, 2019: Construction started

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

February 07, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 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.

January 26, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Doko Midija has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

November 11, 2018: Water Committee formed

Good news! Doko Midija 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.

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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  • Progress

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  • Completion

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Meet the Team

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

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

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