Give Clean Water to Sawola Genet Village

Clean Water for Sawola Genet Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 372 people (77 families)

Project funded

“In my lifetime we have never had a chance at receiving safe water.” - Tesema, father of 12

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Life in Sawola Genet: Tesema’s Story

The girls in the family collect water from this small river near their village. Not only is it a tiresome trip, but they often feel sick from the water and miss school.

Tesema, his wife Kasech, and their 12 children live in Sawola Genet growing coffee, corn, and tending to their cattle.

Many children in the village are susceptible to diarrhea and typhoid outbreaks because of their unsafe water. Both illnesses can be fatal if left untreated or prolonged.

The family does not have a bathroom, and neither does anybody in Sawola Genet. They use the restroom outside, and Tesema’s children fear they will be attacked by a wild animal when they go outside at night.

Tesema’s daughters carry water in the morning as the sun comes up and again right before the sun goes down.

Treating illness caused by unsafe water has cost Tesema and his wife significantly, and they wish for their children to live healthy lives.

“I know God cares about our futures because you are here,” he said. “In my lifetime we have never had a chance at receiving safe water.”

You can help this family and all of Sawola Genet 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. With clean water, families will be healthy. Children won’t have to journey to the contaminated river before school.

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 Sawola Genet village today.

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January 10, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Genet! 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 27, 2018: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Genet! 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 29, 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.

October 18, 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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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

Life in Sawola Genet: Tesema’s Story

The girls in the family collect water from this small river near their village. Not only is it a tiresome trip, but they often feel sick from the water and miss school.

Tesema, his wife Kasech, and their 12 children live in Sawola Genet growing coffee, corn, and tending to their cattle.

Many children in the village are susceptible to diarrhea and typhoid outbreaks because of their unsafe water. Both illnesses can be fatal if left untreated or prolonged.

The family does not have a bathroom, and neither does anybody in Sawola Genet. They use the restroom outside, and Tesema’s children fear they will be attacked by a wild animal when they go outside at night.

Tesema’s daughters carry water in the morning as the sun comes up and again right before the sun goes down.

Treating illness caused by unsafe water has cost Tesema and his wife significantly, and they wish for their children to live healthy lives.

“I know God cares about our futures because you are here,” he said. “In my lifetime we have never had a chance at receiving safe water.”

You can help this family and all of Sawola Genet 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. With clean water, families will be healthy. Children won’t have to journey to the contaminated river before school.

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 Sawola Genet village today.

Read More
January 10, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Genet! 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 27, 2018: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Genet! 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 29, 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.

October 18, 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.

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mokonen

Soboksa

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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