Give Clean Water to Shefele Village

Give Clean Water to Shefele Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 168 people (24 families)

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“Our children must no longer die because of unsafe water.” - Basu, mother of eight

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Life in Shefele: Basu’s Story

“My little child, Deme, was only five years old when he drowned in the spring while stepping in to fetch water,” Busa said.

The children of Shefele village are in urgent need of safe water. Busa, her husband Gobena, and their seven children live in a small bamboo home in the community.

“We are frightened every day,” Basu explained. “Our children must no longer die because of unsafe water.”

Five times a day, Basu’s family draws water from a natural spring ten minutes from their home. Water trickles between the rocks on a hillside, and you must crouch to reach the water.

Most times, Basu goes herself. Some days, her children gather so that she can work on the farm with her husband—her rule is that they must go in groups of two. The thought of them gathering water fills her with fear since the passing of her youngest child four years ago.

The water is badly contaminated and makes all the children ill.

“In my village, our families are exposed several times to waterborne diseases,” she said.
Some days, they travel miles to get clean water from another village.

“Repeatedly, our children are sick with diarrhea and stomach aches,” she said. “We pay a lot of money to health clinics.”

Sick children cannot go to school, and while paying for expensive health clinic costs, parents cannot afford tuition. The unsafe water in Shefele village is impacting education, creating generations of people who cannot read or write.

“I wish to educate my children so that they may become professional government workers,” Basu said. “I wish to have a healthy family, a better house, and clean water for us and our cattle.”

You can help Basu’s family and others in Shefele 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 Shefele village today.

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June 25, 2019: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Shefele! 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.

November 14, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Shefele: Basu’s Story

“My little child, Deme, was only five years old when he drowned in the spring while stepping in to fetch water,” Busa said.

The children of Shefele village are in urgent need of safe water. Busa, her husband Gobena, and their seven children live in a small bamboo home in the community.

“We are frightened every day,” Basu explained. “Our children must no longer die because of unsafe water.”

Five times a day, Basu’s family draws water from a natural spring ten minutes from their home. Water trickles between the rocks on a hillside, and you must crouch to reach the water.

Most times, Basu goes herself. Some days, her children gather so that she can work on the farm with her husband—her rule is that they must go in groups of two. The thought of them gathering water fills her with fear since the passing of her youngest child four years ago.

The water is badly contaminated and makes all the children ill.

“In my village, our families are exposed several times to waterborne diseases,” she said.
Some days, they travel miles to get clean water from another village.

“Repeatedly, our children are sick with diarrhea and stomach aches,” she said. “We pay a lot of money to health clinics.”

Sick children cannot go to school, and while paying for expensive health clinic costs, parents cannot afford tuition. The unsafe water in Shefele village is impacting education, creating generations of people who cannot read or write.

“I wish to educate my children so that they may become professional government workers,” Basu said. “I wish to have a healthy family, a better house, and clean water for us and our cattle.”

You can help Basu’s family and others in Shefele 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 Shefele village today.

Read More
June 25, 2019: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Shefele! 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.

November 14, 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.

November 2018: Project Ready
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Project Milestones

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    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.

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Mokonen

Soboksa

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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