Clean Water to Qoqose Sositi Village

Previous water source (L), newly completed water source (R)

Clean Water for Qoqose Sositi Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 212 people (48 families)

Completed on March 31, 2019

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Life in Qoqose Sositi: Bekele’s Story

Bekele Wakayo, 34, and his wife grow coffee, various vegetables, and ensete (Ethiopian banana) in his backyard in Qoqose Sositi village.

All five children walk to school after they take turns drawing water from the unprotected spring near their village. The water, browned by dirt and contaminated, makes them sick often.

“We are uncomfortable when guests ask for a drink of water because our water is not safe,” he said.

Stomach pains and lethargy are common in the household, but when they aren’t ill, Bekele’s young children love to play tag between the ensete plants.

The open field behind Bekele’s property is the family’s bathroom. All five children must use the field, and when it is dark outside, using the bathroom becomes dangerous.

“No matter how lack of a bathroom and safe water challenges our lives so far, I wish to see a better tomorrow in my life as well as for the next generation,” he said.

You can help Qoqose Sositi 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. Clean water means the village children can spend more time playing and studying and less time recovering from waterborne illnesses.

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 Qoqose Sosisti village today.

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March 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Qoqose Sositi!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

February 27, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Qoqose Sositi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

February 22, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Qoqose Sositi has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

March 06, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Qoqose Sositi has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

January 03, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

October 09, 2018: 10 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 10 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

October 03, 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 01, 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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Latest Project News

Life in Qoqose Sositi: Bekele’s Story

Bekele Wakayo, 34, and his wife grow coffee, various vegetables, and ensete (Ethiopian banana) in his backyard in Qoqose Sositi village.

All five children walk to school after they take turns drawing water from the unprotected spring near their village. The water, browned by dirt and contaminated, makes them sick often.

“We are uncomfortable when guests ask for a drink of water because our water is not safe,” he said.

Stomach pains and lethargy are common in the household, but when they aren’t ill, Bekele’s young children love to play tag between the ensete plants.

The open field behind Bekele’s property is the family’s bathroom. All five children must use the field, and when it is dark outside, using the bathroom becomes dangerous.

“No matter how lack of a bathroom and safe water challenges our lives so far, I wish to see a better tomorrow in my life as well as for the next generation,” he said.

You can help Qoqose Sositi 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. Clean water means the village children can spend more time playing and studying and less time recovering from waterborne illnesses.

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 Qoqose Sosisti village today.

Read More
March 31, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Qoqose Sositi!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

February 27, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Qoqose Sositi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

February 22, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Qoqose Sositi has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

March 06, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Qoqose Sositi has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

January 03, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

October 09, 2018: 10 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 10 new Healthy Homes in Qoqose Sositi! 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.

October 03, 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 01, 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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