Kontoma Anidi Village
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“There are a lot challenges. . . not having safe water in the village has impacted our business hugely.” - Wudwe, mother of two

Village Water Project

Kontoma Anidi, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.5476, 38.8896

186 people

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Kontoma Anidi: Wudwe’s Story

The drinking water in Kontoma Anidi village is making entire families sick and bedridden. The river is just a short walk from Wudwe Matiyos’ home, but it is filled with waste from the coffee factory upstream.

There is a spring that provides safe water in a nearby village, but the journey is an hour’s walk there just to wait in line with the many other communities who draw water from that spring.

Wudwe and her husband, Asnake, have their own business growing and selling coffee beans.

“In businesses there are a lot challenges, but above all, not having safe water in the village has impacted our business hugely,” she said.

When we met Wudwe, her husband was sick with what he believed to be typhoid fever, a water-related illness. For five days, he was unable to work.

With two young children, it is crucial that they harvest in time, and he was unable to do any work during peak harvesting season.

“It is not easy that we closed our doors for week while my husband was in bed due to typhoid in this crucial time,” she said. “We could have made good income to help our family live better lives.”

Although Wudwe’s husband visited two health clinics that week, he did not feel like he was recovering. They are still buying medication for him each week, and the cost is straining the family of four.

Wudwe dreams of opening a butcher shop one day, but for now, she and her family are just trying to survive.

You can help Wudwe’s family and others in Kontoma Anidi 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. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Kontoma Anidi village today.

October 16, 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 9, 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

Kontoma Anidi 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 Kontoma Anidi:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Kontoma Anidi 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

Kontoma Anidi 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 Kontoma Anidi 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! Kontoma Anidi 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 186 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kontoma Anidi: Wudwe’s Story

The drinking water in Kontoma Anidi village is making entire families sick and bedridden. The river is just a short walk from Wudwe Matiyos’ home, but it is filled with waste from the coffee factory upstream.

There is a spring that provides safe water in a nearby village, but the journey is an hour’s walk there just to wait in line with the many other communities who draw water from that spring.

Wudwe and her husband, Asnake, have their own business growing and selling coffee beans.

“In businesses there are a lot challenges, but above all, not having safe water in the village has impacted our business hugely,” she said.

When we met Wudwe, her husband was sick with what he believed to be typhoid fever, a water-related illness. For five days, he was unable to work.

With two young children, it is crucial that they harvest in time, and he was unable to do any work during peak harvesting season.

“It is not easy that we closed our doors for week while my husband was in bed due to typhoid in this crucial time,” she said. “We could have made good income to help our family live better lives.”

Although Wudwe’s husband visited two health clinics that week, he did not feel like he was recovering. They are still buying medication for him each week, and the cost is straining the family of four.

Wudwe dreams of opening a butcher shop one day, but for now, she and her family are just trying to survive.

You can help Wudwe’s family and others in Kontoma Anidi 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. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Kontoma Anidi village today.

Updates

October 16, 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 9, 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

Plan

Kontoma Anidi 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 Kontoma Anidi:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Kontoma Anidi 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

Kontoma Anidi 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 Kontoma Anidi 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! Kontoma Anidi 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 186 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved