Give Clean Water to Guto Huleti Village

Clean Water for Guto Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 189 people (27 families)

Project funded

“I remember an Ethiopian saying that says, ‘there is no bad found in a mother or in water,’ but now I know that is false… Bad water causes different waterborne diseases.” - Eleme, mother of seven

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Life in Guto Huleti: Eleme’s Story

A few years ago, Eleme’s husband passed away from an unknown illness. The mother of seven has since done it all on her own, starting a butter churching business and working to get all of her children through school.

But in Guto Huleti village, many things stand in her way.

The only source of water is a contaminated spring that is a twenty-minute journey away. She would send the children to gather the water, but when they go by themselves, they risk being attacked by hyenas who linger around the spring.

“I remember an Ethiopian saying that says, ‘there is no bad found in a mother or in water,’ but now I know that is false,” she said. “Bad water causes different waterborne diseases.”

The water at the spring gathers in a large puddle on the ground, and it’s exposed to insects, dirt, human and animal feces, and all other contaminants.

Every month, Eleme takes one or two of her children to the clinic for treatment of an illness. Children must be cared for quickly, she said. She has known many who have died.

Family live in a state of fear. Many sell cattle and all they have to afford their children’s expensive medical fees, and extreme poverty is common in Guto Huleti village.

Nevertheless, Eleme pushes on. Running her business, caring for her children, and gathering water at the village spring.

Guto Huleti village resides in the district of Kokosa, a predominantly Muslim area.

“If Allah has it, I wish to have good health and all my children to be married,” she said.

Eleme’s greatest wish is to see her children be happy, healthy, and taken care of.

“I am very happy to contribute all I have for the construction of a protected water source in our village,” she said. “Women have especially suffered.”

You can help Eleme’s family and others in Guto 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 Guto Huleti village today.

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April 23, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Guto 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 27, 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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    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

Life in Guto Huleti: Eleme’s Story

A few years ago, Eleme’s husband passed away from an unknown illness. The mother of seven has since done it all on her own, starting a butter churching business and working to get all of her children through school.

But in Guto Huleti village, many things stand in her way.

The only source of water is a contaminated spring that is a twenty-minute journey away. She would send the children to gather the water, but when they go by themselves, they risk being attacked by hyenas who linger around the spring.

“I remember an Ethiopian saying that says, ‘there is no bad found in a mother or in water,’ but now I know that is false,” she said. “Bad water causes different waterborne diseases.”

The water at the spring gathers in a large puddle on the ground, and it’s exposed to insects, dirt, human and animal feces, and all other contaminants.

Every month, Eleme takes one or two of her children to the clinic for treatment of an illness. Children must be cared for quickly, she said. She has known many who have died.

Family live in a state of fear. Many sell cattle and all they have to afford their children’s expensive medical fees, and extreme poverty is common in Guto Huleti village.

Nevertheless, Eleme pushes on. Running her business, caring for her children, and gathering water at the village spring.

Guto Huleti village resides in the district of Kokosa, a predominantly Muslim area.

“If Allah has it, I wish to have good health and all my children to be married,” she said.

Eleme’s greatest wish is to see her children be happy, healthy, and taken care of.

“I am very happy to contribute all I have for the construction of a protected water source in our village,” she said. “Women have especially suffered.”

You can help Eleme’s family and others in Guto 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 Guto Huleti village today.

Read More
April 23, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Guto 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 27, 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

  • 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.

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

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