Give Clean Water to Guta Abaye Village

Give Clean Water to Guta Abaye Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 229 people (47 families)

“I worry about my children and what will happen if they use the dirty water.” - Burtukan, mother of four

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Current water source

“I worry about my children and what will happen if they use the dirty water.” - Burtukan, mother of four

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Life in Guta Abaye: Burtukan’s Story

As a teacher at Oliye Primary School, Dawit Dane is a witness to the effects of contaminated water on children from Guta Abaye and surrounding villages. Some attend school with bottles full of light brown water; others leave during recess to fetch water at a pond.

Whether they bring it with them or fill their bottles during recess, everyone falls ill at some point. Nobody has safe water.

Dawit’s wife and four children live in Guta Abaye village. His wife, Burtukan, spends her days tending to their garden, caring for the children who are not old enough to go to school, and gathering water at a spring an hour’s walk from her village.

The spring was constructed by the government years back, and recently, it’s not been functioning properly. Burtukan said the village residents argue with her over whether she should be permitted to use their water.

Sometimes, she’s driven away and must fill her containers at a nearby pond.

Although she fears the village residents and the spring is not producing as much water as is needed, she continues to visit their spring. Two years ago, her neighbor lost three children (ages 3, 5, and 7) to acute watery diarrhea, an illness largely preventable with proper handwashing.

“I worry about my children and what will happen if they use the dirty water,” she said.

You can help the Dane family and everyone in Guta Abaye 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 Guta Abaye, clean water means children can live healthy lives and go to school.

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 Guta Abaye village today.

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August 09, 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 04, 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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Life in Guta Abaye: Burtukan’s Story

As a teacher at Oliye Primary School, Dawit Dane is a witness to the effects of contaminated water on children from Guta Abaye and surrounding villages. Some attend school with bottles full of light brown water; others leave during recess to fetch water at a pond.

Whether they bring it with them or fill their bottles during recess, everyone falls ill at some point. Nobody has safe water.

Dawit’s wife and four children live in Guta Abaye village. His wife, Burtukan, spends her days tending to their garden, caring for the children who are not old enough to go to school, and gathering water at a spring an hour’s walk from her village.

The spring was constructed by the government years back, and recently, it’s not been functioning properly. Burtukan said the village residents argue with her over whether she should be permitted to use their water.

Sometimes, she’s driven away and must fill her containers at a nearby pond.

Although she fears the village residents and the spring is not producing as much water as is needed, she continues to visit their spring. Two years ago, her neighbor lost three children (ages 3, 5, and 7) to acute watery diarrhea, an illness largely preventable with proper handwashing.

“I worry about my children and what will happen if they use the dirty water,” she said.

You can help the Dane family and everyone in Guta Abaye 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 Guta Abaye, clean water means children can live healthy lives and go to school.

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 Guta Abaye village today.

Read More
August 09, 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 04, 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
Read More

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

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

  • Healthy Village

    Healthy Village

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

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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