Give Clean Water to Nano Village

Clean Water for Nano Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 188 people (28 families)

Project funded

“I dream of having clean and sufficient water to prevent my family from getting diseases.” - Shubo, mother of seven

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Life in Nano: Shubo’s Story

Each time Shubo drinks the contaminated water from the river, she holds her nose and drinks it quickly to avoid the taste. When she sees her youngest children drinking from the river, she knows it is a matter of time before they fall sick again.

Shubo, her husband, Beriso, and their seven children live in Nano village, a community that walks for half an hour to reach water that they’ll use for drinking, washing, and cooking.

“We don’t have access to safe water, so we drink the river water always,” she said. “Our cattle and wild animals use the same.”

Shubo said that sometimes, the water is red like the color of the clay dirt that surrounds it. When the rains cease and the river runs dry each year, Shubo walks for two hours a day to reach another water source.

When we met the family, 4-year-old Abadir was on his third day of diarrheal disease, the result of drinking water from the river.

“I dream of having clean and sufficient water to prevent my family from getting diseases,” the mother of seven said.

In addition to illness, unsafe water in Nano village often prevents children from going to school. Not only are children sick and unable to make it to class, they are walking hours each day for water.

“We are very eager to teach our children,” Shubo said. “I hope it will not take a long time to access water for us who are living with scarcity for years.”

You can help Shubo’s family and others in Nano 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 Nano village today.

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July 02, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Nano! 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 15, 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.

December 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Nano: Shubo’s Story

Each time Shubo drinks the contaminated water from the river, she holds her nose and drinks it quickly to avoid the taste. When she sees her youngest children drinking from the river, she knows it is a matter of time before they fall sick again.

Shubo, her husband, Beriso, and their seven children live in Nano village, a community that walks for half an hour to reach water that they’ll use for drinking, washing, and cooking.

“We don’t have access to safe water, so we drink the river water always,” she said. “Our cattle and wild animals use the same.”

Shubo said that sometimes, the water is red like the color of the clay dirt that surrounds it. When the rains cease and the river runs dry each year, Shubo walks for two hours a day to reach another water source.

When we met the family, 4-year-old Abadir was on his third day of diarrheal disease, the result of drinking water from the river.

“I dream of having clean and sufficient water to prevent my family from getting diseases,” the mother of seven said.

In addition to illness, unsafe water in Nano village often prevents children from going to school. Not only are children sick and unable to make it to class, they are walking hours each day for water.

“We are very eager to teach our children,” Shubo said. “I hope it will not take a long time to access water for us who are living with scarcity for years.”

You can help Shubo’s family and others in Nano 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 Nano village today.

Read More
July 02, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Nano! 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 15, 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.

December 2018: Project Ready
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  • Progress

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  • Completion

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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.

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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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.

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