Gedo Bora, Ethiopia

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  • 40 Families
  • 232 People
  • 40 Families
  • 232 People

“I understood the importance of safe water after my wife gave birth and contracted typhoid.” – Gabiba, father of two

The Ganemo family drinks, cooks with, and bathes with this contaminated water near their home.

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Three weeks after Meskaram gave birth to her second son, she contracted typhoid from drinking the river water in Gedo Bora village. Too weak and sick to nurse, she and her husband became fearful for the life of their newborn child.

Fears and illnesses like these are caused by contaminated water, and they are entirely preventable.

In Gedo Bora village, they have no other choice but to drink from the river; Meskaram and her husband Gabiba fill their containers there twice a day.

Gabiba says that it is mostly young children and pregnant mothers who fall ill from the unsafe water, but everyone has been touched by illness.

“Children who grow up here using the river water are repeatedly affected by typhoid,” he said.

Meskaram wants better for her children. Both she and her husband want them to go to school when they come of age, but like so many others in the village, they fear that unsafe water will keep them home.

Their three-year-old has already had to go to the hospital for severe diarrhea and pneumonia.

Despite their battle with waterborne illnesses, the family is hopeful. They spend their time tending to their corn crops and feeding their cows, and they believe that they will get safe water.

You can help Meskaram and everyone in Gedo Bora 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. For families in Gedo Bora, clean water means mothers like Meskaram can nurse her children without fear.

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 Gedo Bora village today.

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Latest Project News

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  • November 26, 2018
    Project Created
Each dollar produces a $4 return

Sponsorship Goal

$11,600

4 Supporters $2,220 Donated

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Project Milestones

  • Project Ready

    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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Meet the Team

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

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

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