Give Clean Water to Gedo Bora Village

Clean Water for Gedo Bora Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 232 people (40 families)

Project funded

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

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Life in Gedo Bora: Meskaram’s Story

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 with the right resources.

But 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. 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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March 06, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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 01, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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.

December 18, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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.

August 17, 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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water project, you'll receive:

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Latest Project News

Life in Gedo Bora: Meskaram’s Story

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 with the right resources.

But 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. 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.

Read More
March 06, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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 01, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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.

December 18, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Gedo Bora! 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.

August 17, 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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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.

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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