Give Clean Water to Erbaye Huleti Village

Clean Water for Erbaye Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 189 people (27 families)

Project funded

“I always become unhappy because of shortage of clean water.” - Ukule, mother of five

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Life in Erbaye Huleti: Ukule’s Story

In Erbaye Huleti village, children drink the same water as the village cattle.

For families like Ukule, her husband, and their five children, the medical fees and fear that comes with drinking the water are almost overwhelming.

“I always become unhappy because of shortage of clean water,” Ukule said. “And many duties related to collecting water fall on me.”

In Erbaye Huleti, water is scarce. Each day, Ukule walks for over 30 minutes to retrieve water from a spring that gathers in a muddy hole on the ground. With such a large family, she’ll need to make the journey four times in a single day to gather enough for drinking, cooking, and washing.

Recently, Ukule’s son contracted typhoid and was sent to Kokosa Hospital for treatment. Typhoid is a water-related illness that causes fever, stomach pains, and diarrhea, and without treatment, it can be fatal.

He missed three school days to recover and is now behind in his studies.

“We just started to filter and boil water to protect ourselves from disease,” Ukule said. “I am eager to see water in my village.”In the meantime, Ukule continues to make her long walks to the village spring four times a day. She spends her days collecting water, milking her cows, and collecting firewood to boil water.

When asked about her greatest dream, the mother of five said, “I will be very happy if my children become educated and some become teachers and the others doctors.”

You can help Ukule’s family and others in Erbaye Huleti 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 Erbaye Huleti village today.

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April 14, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Erbaye Huleti! 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.

March 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Erbaye Huleti! 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.

November 28, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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Latest Project News

Life in Erbaye Huleti: Ukule’s Story

In Erbaye Huleti village, children drink the same water as the village cattle.

For families like Ukule, her husband, and their five children, the medical fees and fear that comes with drinking the water are almost overwhelming.

“I always become unhappy because of shortage of clean water,” Ukule said. “And many duties related to collecting water fall on me.”

In Erbaye Huleti, water is scarce. Each day, Ukule walks for over 30 minutes to retrieve water from a spring that gathers in a muddy hole on the ground. With such a large family, she’ll need to make the journey four times in a single day to gather enough for drinking, cooking, and washing.

Recently, Ukule’s son contracted typhoid and was sent to Kokosa Hospital for treatment. Typhoid is a water-related illness that causes fever, stomach pains, and diarrhea, and without treatment, it can be fatal.

He missed three school days to recover and is now behind in his studies.

“We just started to filter and boil water to protect ourselves from disease,” Ukule said. “I am eager to see water in my village.”In the meantime, Ukule continues to make her long walks to the village spring four times a day. She spends her days collecting water, milking her cows, and collecting firewood to boil water.

When asked about her greatest dream, the mother of five said, “I will be very happy if my children become educated and some become teachers and the others doctors.”

You can help Ukule’s family and others in Erbaye Huleti 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 Erbaye Huleti village today.

Read More
April 14, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Erbaye Huleti! 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.

March 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Erbaye Huleti! 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.

November 28, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    Healthy Village

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

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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