Give Clean Water to Genet Anidi Village

Clean Water for Genet Anidi Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 177 people (33 families)

“I know that [the water] took my father’s life.” - Netsanet, age 14

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Current water source

“I know that [the water] took my father’s life.” - Netsanet, age 14

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Life in Genet Anidi: Netsanet’s Story

Her mother says that her daughter’s voice is more beautiful these days. It’s a sad, broken, beautiful voice that echoes off the church walls and brings the congregation to tears more often than not.

Netsanet Gasha is a high school student at Daye Secondary School. She sings in the church choir, and last year, she lost her father to typhoid, a water-borne illness.

Netsanet has three brothers and six sisters in her family’s home in Genet Anidi village.

Her school is three hours from Genet Anidi, so she stays with another family during the week. When she is home on the weekends, she helps her mother collect water at the community’s spring.

“I am filled with sadness when I walk to collect water, because I know that it took my father’s life,” she said.

The family has no other source of water, so they must use the contaminated spring.

Netsanet wants to be an engineer when she grows up so she can help construct safe water sources for her village and villages all over Ethiopia.

“I wish for the people of our village to get safe water,” she said. “It would save us so much pain.”

You can help Genet Anidi 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 Genet Anidi village, clean water means that children can pursue their dreams, families can stay together, and everyone can make a way out of poverty.

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 Genet Anidi village today.

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January 25, 2019: Construction started

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

January 19, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Genet Anidi 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.

November 22, 2018: Water Committee formed

Good news! Genet Anidi 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.

January 01, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Genet Anidi! 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.

October 29, 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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Latest Project News

Life in Genet Anidi: Netsanet’s Story

Her mother says that her daughter’s voice is more beautiful these days. It’s a sad, broken, beautiful voice that echoes off the church walls and brings the congregation to tears more often than not.

Netsanet Gasha is a high school student at Daye Secondary School. She sings in the church choir, and last year, she lost her father to typhoid, a water-borne illness.

Netsanet has three brothers and six sisters in her family’s home in Genet Anidi village.

Her school is three hours from Genet Anidi, so she stays with another family during the week. When she is home on the weekends, she helps her mother collect water at the community’s spring.

“I am filled with sadness when I walk to collect water, because I know that it took my father’s life,” she said.

The family has no other source of water, so they must use the contaminated spring.

Netsanet wants to be an engineer when she grows up so she can help construct safe water sources for her village and villages all over Ethiopia.

“I wish for the people of our village to get safe water,” she said. “It would save us so much pain.”

You can help Genet Anidi 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 Genet Anidi village, clean water means that children can pursue their dreams, families can stay together, and everyone can make a way out of poverty.

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 Genet Anidi village today.

Read More
January 25, 2019: Construction started

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

January 19, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Genet Anidi 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.

November 22, 2018: Water Committee formed

Good news! Genet Anidi 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.

January 01, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Genet Anidi! 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.

October 29, 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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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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Meet the Team

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

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

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