Give Clean Water to Maqetaa Village

Clean Water for Maqetaa Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 88 people (43 families)

Project funded

“Going back to unsafe water is like going from lightness to darkness in my life.” - Almaz, mother of seven

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Life in Maqet’aa: Almaz’s Story

When the safe water source in Maqet’aa village began spouting brown water with a bitter taste, Almaz Ganemo and other mothers knew their families were in trouble.

“Getting safe water and then going back to unsafe water is like going from lightness to darkness in my life,” the mother of seven said.

In 2001, the government of Ethiopia provided safe water for Almaz’s village. But without proper maintenance and safe sanitation in the community, it was only four years until the protected spring became contaminated.

Since then, the government has been unresponsive. Families in Maquet’aa remain ill from the polluted water.

“Sometimes we go searching for water that looks and tastes cleaner, and we spend many hours taking sick people to the clinic for treatment,” she said.

Everyone in Maqet’aa village loses time and income from drinking unsafe water.

“In the future we will learn how to care for our water and never forget to manage it well,” she said. “I wish for our village to receive safe water.”

You can help Maqet’aa 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. For Maqet’aa village, clean water means families can live healthy lives again and children can attend school without the burden of waterborne illness.

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 Maqet’aa village today.

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October 08, 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 02, 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
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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 Maqet’aa: Almaz’s Story

When the safe water source in Maqet’aa village began spouting brown water with a bitter taste, Almaz Ganemo and other mothers knew their families were in trouble.

“Getting safe water and then going back to unsafe water is like going from lightness to darkness in my life,” the mother of seven said.

In 2001, the government of Ethiopia provided safe water for Almaz’s village. But without proper maintenance and safe sanitation in the community, it was only four years until the protected spring became contaminated.

Since then, the government has been unresponsive. Families in Maquet’aa remain ill from the polluted water.

“Sometimes we go searching for water that looks and tastes cleaner, and we spend many hours taking sick people to the clinic for treatment,” she said.

Everyone in Maqet’aa village loses time and income from drinking unsafe water.

“In the future we will learn how to care for our water and never forget to manage it well,” she said. “I wish for our village to receive safe water.”

You can help Maqet’aa 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. For Maqet’aa village, clean water means families can live healthy lives again and children can attend school without the burden of waterborne illness.

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 Maqet’aa village today.

Read More
October 08, 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 02, 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
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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.

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Board-approved policy establishes that all gifts restricted for a specific project be applied to the restricted program, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising purposes.