Sawola Genet, Ethiopia

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  • 77 Families
  • 372 People
  • 77 Families
  • 372 People

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

The bustling family of 14 is hard-working, gathering water in the mornings and afternoons and working on the farm all day long.

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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 village. They grow coffee, corn, and tend to their cattle.

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

The family does not have a bathroom, and neither does anybody else in Sawola Genet. 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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Latest Project News

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Event Type
  • October 29, 2018
    Village Certified ODF
  • October 18, 2018
    CLTS Complete
  • October 12, 2018
    Project Created
Each dollar produces a $4 return

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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.

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Our Board-approved policy is that all gifts designated for a specific project be applied to that project, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising expenses. Occasionally we 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.