Give Clean Water to Sawola Huleti Village

Clean Water for Sawola Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 257 people (43 families)

Project funded

“I wish for better opportunities for our children and for the next generation.” - Shito, mother of six

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Life in Sawola Huleti Village: Shito’s Story

Shito Tonsisa and her husband Damiso have six children in Sawola Huleti village. Neither she nor her husband ever attended school, and they are determined to send every one of their children to get an education.

To do so, they’re chosen to do the hard work of collecting water. Shito and Damiso gather water at an spring near their village; it is brown and bugs swim in it. But, during the dry season, Sawola Huleti village must search for water, and travel is always three hours each way.

At times, Shito and her husband travel at night in hopes of getting water faster.

“I wish for better opportunities for our children and for the next generation,” Shito said.

The unsafe water makes the family ill. Sometimes, they sell what they have to take their children to the clinic. For a family making $2 a day, they cannot keep up with the medical bills.

“I remember I paid more than 500 ETB ($17 USD) at once for the treatment of diarrhea in Daye town,” her husband, Damiso, said.

All of Sawola Huleti village is experiencing similar hardships.

The family’s neighbors are an elderly couple; the husband has since gone blind from trachoma, a water-borne disease. The grandmother is experiencing the same symptoms, and their granddaughter, Dinikinesh, worries that water-borne illness will take them both.

You can help this family and all of Sawola Huleti 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 and improved health, nobody will suffer from water-borne illnesses, and the children will have an opportunity to excel in school.

For families in Sawola Huleti village, clean water means a way out of poverty.

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 Huleti village today.

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December 27, 2018: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Huleti! 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.

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 Sawola Huleti Village: Shito’s Story

Shito Tonsisa and her husband Damiso have six children in Sawola Huleti village. Neither she nor her husband ever attended school, and they are determined to send every one of their children to get an education.

To do so, they’re chosen to do the hard work of collecting water. Shito and Damiso gather water at an spring near their village; it is brown and bugs swim in it. But, during the dry season, Sawola Huleti village must search for water, and travel is always three hours each way.

At times, Shito and her husband travel at night in hopes of getting water faster.

“I wish for better opportunities for our children and for the next generation,” Shito said.

The unsafe water makes the family ill. Sometimes, they sell what they have to take their children to the clinic. For a family making $2 a day, they cannot keep up with the medical bills.

“I remember I paid more than 500 ETB ($17 USD) at once for the treatment of diarrhea in Daye town,” her husband, Damiso, said.

All of Sawola Huleti village is experiencing similar hardships.

The family’s neighbors are an elderly couple; the husband has since gone blind from trachoma, a water-borne disease. The grandmother is experiencing the same symptoms, and their granddaughter, Dinikinesh, worries that water-borne illness will take them both.

You can help this family and all of Sawola Huleti 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 and improved health, nobody will suffer from water-borne illnesses, and the children will have an opportunity to excel in school.

For families in Sawola Huleti village, clean water means a way out of poverty.

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 Huleti village today.

Read More
December 27, 2018: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Sawola Huleti! 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.

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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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.

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

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