Give Clean Water to Mender Village

Give Clean Water to Mender Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 241 people (49 families)

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

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Current water source

“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.

December 18, 2018: Project Created

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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.

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.

December 18, 2018: Project Created

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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.

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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