Give Clean Water to Mender Village

Clean Water for Mender Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 241 people (49 families)

Project funded

“I will never give up because God has given a second chance to my family.” - Kantale, mother of seven

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Life in Mender: Kantale’s Story

When the heavy rains eroded the soil around their spring, Kantale felt disheartened. Her husband had just passed away from malaria, and she was stretched to her limits financially. When Lifewater visited her village, it was the first time that she felt hopeful in a long time.

Kantale lives in Mender village. With loss of her husband and the burden of waterborne diseases, she cannot afford to send her children to school.

“Although the loss of my husband and the fact that my children do not attend school still fills me with extreme sadness, I will never give up because God has given a second chance to my family,” she said. “I will try my best to do what I can.”

A rehabilitated spring will be Kantale’s family’s second chance.

The children cannot wash their bodies without soap and safe water, and itchy rashes cover their skin.

Each morning, the eldest children make a 2-hour journey to the spring to fill their 20 lb jerry cans. Kantale uses that time to cultivate her garden and tend to her home.

“I wish for my children to have a future where they can learn in school as their friends do and become successful in their life,” she said.

You can help the Kantale’s family and everyone in Mender 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 Mender village, clean water means children can return to school and families can heal.

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 Mender village today.

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December 27, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Mender! 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.

August 10, 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 04, 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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  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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Latest Project News

Life in Mender: Kantale’s Story

When the heavy rains eroded the soil around their spring, Kantale felt disheartened. Her husband had just passed away from malaria, and she was stretched to her limits financially. When Lifewater visited her village, it was the first time that she felt hopeful in a long time.

Kantale lives in Mender village. With loss of her husband and the burden of waterborne diseases, she cannot afford to send her children to school.

“Although the loss of my husband and the fact that my children do not attend school still fills me with extreme sadness, I will never give up because God has given a second chance to my family,” she said. “I will try my best to do what I can.”

A rehabilitated spring will be Kantale’s family’s second chance.

The children cannot wash their bodies without soap and safe water, and itchy rashes cover their skin.

Each morning, the eldest children make a 2-hour journey to the spring to fill their 20 lb jerry cans. Kantale uses that time to cultivate her garden and tend to her home.

“I wish for my children to have a future where they can learn in school as their friends do and become successful in their life,” she said.

You can help the Kantale’s family and everyone in Mender 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 Mender village, clean water means children can return to school and families can heal.

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 Mender village today.

Read More
December 27, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Mender! 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.

August 10, 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 04, 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:

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  • 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.

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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