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“We have spent a lot of years with difficulty getting safe water in our village.” - Shiberu

Kokosa region, Ethiopia

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Your gift provides a safe water source, health training, and hope to families like Busho’s living in Kokosa.

Busho’s Life

May 2022

In Kokosa, Ethiopia, 83 percent of the population is using an unsafe source of water. Not only does this mean that the water makes those who use it sick, it oftentimes means walking dangerous journeys, traveling long distances, and waiting in long lines.

Busho lives with her husband, Shiberu, and their five children in Kokosa. Like many women in Arato village where she lives, Busho spends her days cleaning the house, preparing meals for the family, and working on her family’s farmland. Busho’s children support their mother by collecting water before and after school each day. 

Busho and her children spend about six hours walking to fetch water each day from an unprotected spring. Because the spring is not protected, it allows waste and trash to enter in. 

There is not much water in their village, so many community members use the same spring, resulting in long lines to get water.

The long wait lines that Busho’s children often stand in make them late for school. Sometimes, it makes them miss school altogether.

Another aspect that makes Busho unhappy is having to descend a cliff to fetch water. During rainy seasons when the ground gets muddy, this journey is especially difficult and dangerous. 

Yet another problem with their water source is that it dries up from February until about May, leaving the family with even longer journeys to water. 

Understandably, Busho is unhappy with the water situation that her family faces. She hopes for the future of her family and needs safe water to keep that hope alive.

When you give safe water, you give to families like Busho’s in Kokosa, Ethiopia. You end long, dangerous walks for women and children, and you make safe water readily available to those who need it. 

 

About the Region

Kokosa, Ethiopia

 

Kokosa, Ethiopia,  is home to 210,000 people.

Lifewater began serving in Kokosa in 2015, taking on large clusters of communities at a time in designated Lifewater “projects.” Today, we are beginning programs in Kokosa Project 3, serving 10,677 people.

We can’t reach them without you.

In Kokosa, families live in traditional mud-thatched homes roofed with dried brush from the surrounding forest. A majority of families rely on agriculture for their annual income, and 53 percent of the population in project 3 have never gone to school.

Water usage is exceptionally low, with the average person using less than 5 liters of water per day. This is just one-fourth of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended minimum quantity of water needed per day per person.

Gathering that minimal amount of water takes 2.25 hours a day, as women and children often travel to unprotected springs or rivers with long lines.

The contaminated water is dangerous for all in Kokosa, particularly children under the age of five years old. When interviewed, eight percent of children under the age of five experienced diarrhea—the second leading cause of death for young children—in the seven days prior to the survey.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work in the surrounding area shows that diarrhea can be nearly eliminated with basic access to things like safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap.

Children in Kokosa need your help. Give safe water to Kokosa today.

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No. Your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene for the Kokosa region rather than one specific village, making it possible for Lifewater to reach families like this as well as their neighbors.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on progress in the Kokosa region. And, when the communities in the region are transformed with safe water, you’ll receive a story and photos from a family whose life is changed because of your gift.

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 45 years’ experience, Lifewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 45 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 45 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

Your gift provides a safe water source, health training, and hope to families like Busho’s living in Kokosa.

Busho’s Life

May 2022

In Kokosa, Ethiopia, 83 percent of the population is using an unsafe source of water. Not only does this mean that the water makes those who use it sick, it oftentimes means walking dangerous journeys, traveling long distances, and waiting in long lines.

Busho lives with her husband, Shiberu, and their five children in Kokosa. Like many women in Arato village where she lives, Busho spends her days cleaning the house, preparing meals for the family, and working on her family’s farmland. Busho’s children support their mother by collecting water before and after school each day. 

Busho and her children spend about six hours walking to fetch water each day from an unprotected spring. Because the spring is not protected, it allows waste and trash to enter in. 

There is not much water in their village, so many community members use the same spring, resulting in long lines to get water.

The long wait lines that Busho’s children often stand in make them late for school. Sometimes, it makes them miss school altogether.

Another aspect that makes Busho unhappy is having to descend a cliff to fetch water. During rainy seasons when the ground gets muddy, this journey is especially difficult and dangerous. 

Yet another problem with their water source is that it dries up from February until about May, leaving the family with even longer journeys to water. 

Understandably, Busho is unhappy with the water situation that her family faces. She hopes for the future of her family and needs safe water to keep that hope alive.

When you give safe water, you give to families like Busho’s in Kokosa, Ethiopia. You end long, dangerous walks for women and children, and you make safe water readily available to those who need it. 

Kokosa, Ethiopia

 

About the Region

Kokosa, Ethiopia

 

Kokosa, Ethiopia,  is home to 210,000 people.

Lifewater began serving in Kokosa in 2015, taking on large clusters of communities at a time in designated Lifewater “projects.” Today, we are beginning programs in Kokosa Project 3, serving 10,677 people.

We can’t reach them without you.

In Kokosa, families live in traditional mud-thatched homes roofed with dried brush from the surrounding forest. A majority of families rely on agriculture for their annual income, and 53 percent of the population in project 3 have never gone to school.

Water usage is exceptionally low, with the average person using less than 5 liters of water per day. This is just one-fourth of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended minimum quantity of water needed per day per person.

Gathering that minimal amount of water takes 2.25 hours a day, as women and children often travel to unprotected springs or rivers with long lines.

The contaminated water is dangerous for all in Kokosa, particularly children under the age of five years old. When interviewed, eight percent of children under the age of five experienced diarrhea—the second leading cause of death for young children—in the seven days prior to the survey.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work in the surrounding area shows that diarrhea can be nearly eliminated with basic access to things like safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap.

Children in Kokosa need your help. Give safe water to Kokosa today.

FAQ's

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No. Your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene for the Kokosa region rather than one specific village, making it possible for Lifewater to reach families like this as well as their neighbors.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on progress in the Kokosa region. And, when the communities in the region are transformed with safe water, you’ll receive a story and photos from a family whose life is changed because of your gift.

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 45 years’ experience, Lifewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 45 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 45 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 gift reflects your trust in Lifewater International. We commit to honor your generosity by using your gift to help further the mission and vision of Lifewater International. Your donation is used by Lifewater International according to the project objectives to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene within the specified program area. Lifewater International is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the United States. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Donations are non-refundable. Lifewater International will honor a donor’s request for any pre-approved program or project whenever possible. In rare occasions where this is not possible, gifts will be used where needed, in accordance with the organization’s charitable purpose. In accordance with this policy, donor’s explicitly release Lifewater International from further restriction on such funds.