Duwancho Village
Water Project

Project Completed

August 31, 2019

“Water means change, not only in the way we live, but also the way we think.” - Genet

Duwancho, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.5809, 38.8781

200 people

  • Story
  • Updates 9
  • Plan
  • FAQ's


Clean Water, New Life: Genet’s Story

August 2020


“Water means change,” Genet said. “Not only in the way we live, but also the way we think.”

“The more time you have, the more you have time to develop better ideas to improve your life,” she added.

Genet lives in Duwancho village with her husband and five children. Before they began working with Lifewater, they relied on water from a faraway spring that made her children sick. Genet said, “Clean water was like a dream, impossible to touch.”

Today, life is transformed. What she once thought impossible has come true. Genet, her family, and all of Duwancho village have a safe water well in their community. Genet’s family is healthy.

“My morale has been boosted with clean water,” Genet said. “I have a determination to make my dreams come true.”

Her husband, Shallamo, said, “We’re able to cover our living expenses properly and save the rest!”

With time saved gathering water and money saved on healthcare costs, the family expects a large harvest on their coffee farm this year. Genet and Shallamo are saving money to send the children to college. Genet has even found time to volunteer at her local church serving community members who are disabled, elderly, or in need in some way.

Safe water also means clean clothes for Genet’s children.

One of their daughters, Shalale, said, “Every student in my school used to come with dirty and unclean uniforms because it wasn’t easy to get water to wash regularly, but now we can clean our uniforms and ourselves at any time we want.”

Safe water is bringing hope, health, and the confidence to thrive to families in Duwancho village.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Genet’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


Life in Duwancho: Genet’s Story

Genet Gayo’s five children are her everything. They are her and her husband’s promise for the future, but she is worried that unsafe water will keep them from reaching their dreams.

In Duwancho village, Genet, her husband, Shallamo, and their five children gather water from a contaminated spring a short walk from their home. Genet’s daughters fill their containers three times a day.

However, the spring dries up each year when the rains stop, and Genet’s family must walk in search of water in other villages. It often takes them two hours both ways to fill their containers once.

At the time we met Genet, she was recovering from typhoid, a water-related disease that can be fatal if left untreated. She recalled her recent visit to the hospital.

“I got sick and went to Daye Hospital for treatment…. I paid 500 ETB ($18 USD) in addition to motorbike transportation,” she said. “When I saw the crowded hospital, it was surprising that all those people were sick in one day.”

For a family living in extreme poverty, $18 is weeks worth of income, income that could be used to invest in their crops and their children’s educations.

With safe water, Genet said, “I hope to plant more coffee seedlings, get more harvest, and send our children to a better school.”

She went on to say, “For me, getting safe water in the village is everything because we can live long without food, but it is so difficult to live long without water.”

You can help Genet’s family and others in Duwancho today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

September 23, 2019: Certified Healthy Village

Great news! Duwancho is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy.

August 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Duwancho!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

May 17, 2019: Construction started

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

May 15, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Duwancho 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.

March 01, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Duwancho! 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! Duwancho 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 8, 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 1, 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

Duwancho is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Duwancho:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Duwancho has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Duwancho has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Duwancho is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 200 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Story


Clean Water, New Life: Genet’s Story

August 2020


“Water means change,” Genet said. “Not only in the way we live, but also the way we think.”

“The more time you have, the more you have time to develop better ideas to improve your life,” she added.

Genet lives in Duwancho village with her husband and five children. Before they began working with Lifewater, they relied on water from a faraway spring that made her children sick. Genet said, “Clean water was like a dream, impossible to touch.”

Today, life is transformed. What she once thought impossible has come true. Genet, her family, and all of Duwancho village have a safe water well in their community. Genet’s family is healthy.

“My morale has been boosted with clean water,” Genet said. “I have a determination to make my dreams come true.”

Her husband, Shallamo, said, “We’re able to cover our living expenses properly and save the rest!”

With time saved gathering water and money saved on healthcare costs, the family expects a large harvest on their coffee farm this year. Genet and Shallamo are saving money to send the children to college. Genet has even found time to volunteer at her local church serving community members who are disabled, elderly, or in need in some way.

Safe water also means clean clothes for Genet’s children.

One of their daughters, Shalale, said, “Every student in my school used to come with dirty and unclean uniforms because it wasn’t easy to get water to wash regularly, but now we can clean our uniforms and ourselves at any time we want.”

Safe water is bringing hope, health, and the confidence to thrive to families in Duwancho village.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Genet’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


Life in Duwancho: Genet’s Story

Genet Gayo’s five children are her everything. They are her and her husband’s promise for the future, but she is worried that unsafe water will keep them from reaching their dreams.

In Duwancho village, Genet, her husband, Shallamo, and their five children gather water from a contaminated spring a short walk from their home. Genet’s daughters fill their containers three times a day.

However, the spring dries up each year when the rains stop, and Genet’s family must walk in search of water in other villages. It often takes them two hours both ways to fill their containers once.

At the time we met Genet, she was recovering from typhoid, a water-related disease that can be fatal if left untreated. She recalled her recent visit to the hospital.

“I got sick and went to Daye Hospital for treatment…. I paid 500 ETB ($18 USD) in addition to motorbike transportation,” she said. “When I saw the crowded hospital, it was surprising that all those people were sick in one day.”

For a family living in extreme poverty, $18 is weeks worth of income, income that could be used to invest in their crops and their children’s educations.

With safe water, Genet said, “I hope to plant more coffee seedlings, get more harvest, and send our children to a better school.”

She went on to say, “For me, getting safe water in the village is everything because we can live long without food, but it is so difficult to live long without water.”

You can help Genet’s family and others in Duwancho today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Updates

September 23, 2019: Certified Healthy Village

Great news! Duwancho is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy.

August 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Duwancho!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

May 17, 2019: Construction started

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

May 15, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Duwancho 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.

March 01, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Duwancho! 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! Duwancho 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 8, 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 1, 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

Plan

Duwancho is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Duwancho:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Duwancho has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Duwancho has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Duwancho is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 200 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

FAQ's

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Board-approved policy establishes that all gifts restricted for a specific project be applied to the restricted program, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising purposes.