Shefele Village
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Village Water Project

Shefele, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.7465, 38.721

168 people

  • Story
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  • Plan

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.

August 09, 2019: 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.

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

Shefele is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Shefele:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Shefele has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Shefele has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

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

Healthy Village

Great news! Shefele is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 168 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

August 09, 2019: 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.

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

Plan

Shefele is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Shefele:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Shefele has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Shefele has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

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

Healthy Village

Great news! Shefele is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 168 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved