Kenchota Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Kenchota, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.811, 38.763

231 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 7
  • Plan

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.

August 09, 2019: 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.

July 19, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 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.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 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.

April 14, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 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.

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

Kenchota is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Kenchota:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Kenchota has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Kenchota has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Kenchota is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 231 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

August 09, 2019: 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.

July 19, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 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.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 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.

April 14, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 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.

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

Plan

Kenchota is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Kenchota:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Kenchota has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Kenchota has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Kenchota is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 231 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved