Give Clean Water to Kenchota Village

Give Clean Water to Kenchota Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 231 people (33 families)

“I can’t forget the time my neighbor broke her leg while she was coming up the hill carrying water with a big container.” - Momina, mother of five

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Current water source

“I can’t forget the time my neighbor broke her leg while she was coming up the hill carrying water with a big container.” - Momina, mother of five

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Life in Kenchota: Momina’s Story

“I can’t forget the time my neighbor broke her leg while she was coming up the hill carrying water with a big container,” Momina said.

Neither can the mother of five forget when she rushed her own daughter to the hospital for a severe case of typhoid, a water-related illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated.

Momina Wotile, her husband, and her five children live in Kenchota village, where gathering and drinking water is a dangerous endeavor.

Each morning, Momina and her daughter walk to the local spring to fill their containers from a trickle of water that falls between the rocks of a mountainside. According to the family, the water smells bad and tastes worse, and everyone has stomachaches.

Momina and her husband were never able to go to school. They wish better for their children.

“I wish, God willing, that all of my children will be educated and become professional workers,” she said. “I don’t want to see any of them suffer from such problems as those I encountered to raise them.”

With the frequency of illness and the danger that comes with traveling to the spring for water, it is difficult to save money, and Kenchota village is living in extreme poverty.

“I wish and I keep praying for a better life,” the mother of five said.

You can help Momina and others in Kenchota village 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. With clean water, families can save money and begin making 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 Kenchota village today.

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March 20, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kenchota! 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 29, 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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$250 Helps a family

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Life in Kenchota: Momina’s Story

“I can’t forget the time my neighbor broke her leg while she was coming up the hill carrying water with a big container,” Momina said.

Neither can the mother of five forget when she rushed her own daughter to the hospital for a severe case of typhoid, a water-related illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated.

Momina Wotile, her husband, and her five children live in Kenchota village, where gathering and drinking water is a dangerous endeavor.

Each morning, Momina and her daughter walk to the local spring to fill their containers from a trickle of water that falls between the rocks of a mountainside. According to the family, the water smells bad and tastes worse, and everyone has stomachaches.

Momina and her husband were never able to go to school. They wish better for their children.

“I wish, God willing, that all of my children will be educated and become professional workers,” she said. “I don’t want to see any of them suffer from such problems as those I encountered to raise them.”

With the frequency of illness and the danger that comes with traveling to the spring for water, it is difficult to save money, and Kenchota village is living in extreme poverty.

“I wish and I keep praying for a better life,” the mother of five said.

You can help Momina and others in Kenchota village 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. With clean water, families can save money and begin making 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 Kenchota village today.

Read More
March 20, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kenchota! 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 29, 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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Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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