Give Clean Water to Lencha Huleti Village

Clean Water for Lencha Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 182 people (26 families)

Project funded

“Our change relies on clean water… I wish and pray for God to listen, to give us a better life.” - Urji, mother of eight

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Life in Lencha Huleti: Urji Story

Urji’s greatest dream is to see one of her own children grow up to become a water technician so they can solve the water problem in their village.

Urji, her husband, and their eight children live in Lencha Huleti village, where community members drink water from a muddy spring on the mountainside.

The unsafe water is making everyone in the village desperately ill and financially strained. Just last year, Urji had to go to Dodola Hospital for treatment of extreme dehydration. Her family paid 35 USD, an astronomical fee for an older couple with only a small farm and many children.

“Our change relies on clean water,” she said. “I wish and pray for God to listen, to give us a better life by giving us every important thing for man to have.”

The mother of eight is growing frail and has begun sending her daughters to gather water from the spring. Along the way to the water source, young children, especially girls, are exposed to attacks.

“I feel heartbreak when I send my children to bring water,” she said. “This is because I assume they might meet anyone.”

The unsafe, inaccessible water in Lencha Huleti village is endangering everyone, and families are eager to do what it takes to receive and sustain safe water.

You can help Urji’s family and others in Lencha 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 Lencha Huleti village today.

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April 23, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Lencha 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.

March 07, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Lencha 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 14, 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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water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

Life in Lencha Huleti: Urji Story

Urji’s greatest dream is to see one of her own children grow up to become a water technician so they can solve the water problem in their village.

Urji, her husband, and their eight children live in Lencha Huleti village, where community members drink water from a muddy spring on the mountainside.

The unsafe water is making everyone in the village desperately ill and financially strained. Just last year, Urji had to go to Dodola Hospital for treatment of extreme dehydration. Her family paid 35 USD, an astronomical fee for an older couple with only a small farm and many children.

“Our change relies on clean water,” she said. “I wish and pray for God to listen, to give us a better life by giving us every important thing for man to have.”

The mother of eight is growing frail and has begun sending her daughters to gather water from the spring. Along the way to the water source, young children, especially girls, are exposed to attacks.

“I feel heartbreak when I send my children to bring water,” she said. “This is because I assume they might meet anyone.”

The unsafe, inaccessible water in Lencha Huleti village is endangering everyone, and families are eager to do what it takes to receive and sustain safe water.

You can help Urji’s family and others in Lencha 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 Lencha Huleti village today.

Read More
April 23, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Lencha 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.

March 07, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Lencha 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 14, 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.

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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