Suduwa Huleti

272 people

Project Completed

December 31, 2020

“My little children are no longer victims of painful stomach diseases.” - Zenebech, mother of five

Suduwa Huleti, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.5686, 38.8681
  • Story
  • Plan
  • FAQ's

 

Safe Water in Suduwa Huleti: Zenebech’s Story

July 2021

 

Zenebech and her family are hard-working farmers, rising early to do chores and tend to their crops.

Zenebech in particular used to rise long before dawn to walk for water. She had to make her way outside her village of Suduwa Huleti to a small, rocky stream where she would fill her water containers.

The water was badly contaminated, and drinking it made Zenebech and her family sick. She especially worried about her youngest children, who frequently suffered from waterborne diseases.

But today, Zenebech no longer worries about the water her children drink. Suduwa Huleti has a newly dug well that provides safe water to the village.

“My little children are no longer victims of painful stomach diseases,” said Zenebech. “And I am also recovered from my abdominal disease.”

In addition, Zenebech’s community has adopted five sanitation and hygiene practices.

“We are continually learning how to keep our environment clean in order to inhibit the spread of flies,” said Zenebech.

Zenebech is eager and quick to learn. It is a dream come true to receive safe, accessible water. It changes everything, from the way a family spends their time to children’s ability to complete their education.

“My children are all attending school,” said Zenebech with great joy. “I especially want to see my eldest son graduate from college so that he can get a job to help his brothers.”

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Zenebech’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story today. Support a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.

 

 

Life in Suduwa Huleti Village: Markos’s Story

November 2018

 

Markos Mamud, age 48, was born and raised in Suduwa Huleti village. Nothing changes in Suduwa Huleti, Markos saID, families are as poor today as they were 50 years ago because unsafe water has kept everyone from advancing.

Markos, his wife, Asia, and their six children spend their days farming the land, traveling to the local market, and filling their containers with water at a nearby spring.

The water is cloudy, and when it rains, dirt and feces wash into the springwater.

“During the rainy season, our land is sliding and it is common to fall down carrying a 25 liter jerry can,” Markos said.

Last month, Markos took two of his children to the clinic and was prescribed medicine for typhoid, a waterborne illness known to be fatal if left untreated. Alemu, age 4, is not recovering well.

“I wish for our children get safe water in the village,” Markos said.

Suduwa Huleti has been without safe water for so long, that families believe previous families of Suduwa Huleti have cursed them. The truth is that Markos’ village is remote and hard to reach; constructing a safe water source in villages like Suduwa Huleti is a challenge, and others have struggled to aid them.

Children battle waterborne illness and symptoms linger. As a result, they’re often to osick to go to school, and education cannot be prioritized.

Despite it all, Markos’ family maintains their dreams for the future.

“We hope to fatten sheep and oxen in the compound and send our children to a better school,” he said.

You can help Marko’s family and others in Suduwa Huleti village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Suduwa Huleti village today.

Suduwa Huleti 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 Suduwa Huleti:

Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Story

 

Safe Water in Suduwa Huleti: Zenebech’s Story

July 2021

 

Zenebech and her family are hard-working farmers, rising early to do chores and tend to their crops.

Zenebech in particular used to rise long before dawn to walk for water. She had to make her way outside her village of Suduwa Huleti to a small, rocky stream where she would fill her water containers.

The water was badly contaminated, and drinking it made Zenebech and her family sick. She especially worried about her youngest children, who frequently suffered from waterborne diseases.

But today, Zenebech no longer worries about the water her children drink. Suduwa Huleti has a newly dug well that provides safe water to the village.

“My little children are no longer victims of painful stomach diseases,” said Zenebech. “And I am also recovered from my abdominal disease.”

In addition, Zenebech’s community has adopted five sanitation and hygiene practices.

“We are continually learning how to keep our environment clean in order to inhibit the spread of flies,” said Zenebech.

Zenebech is eager and quick to learn. It is a dream come true to receive safe, accessible water. It changes everything, from the way a family spends their time to children’s ability to complete their education.

“My children are all attending school,” said Zenebech with great joy. “I especially want to see my eldest son graduate from college so that he can get a job to help his brothers.”

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Zenebech’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story today. Support a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.

 

 

Life in Suduwa Huleti Village: Markos’s Story

November 2018

 

Markos Mamud, age 48, was born and raised in Suduwa Huleti village. Nothing changes in Suduwa Huleti, Markos saID, families are as poor today as they were 50 years ago because unsafe water has kept everyone from advancing.

Markos, his wife, Asia, and their six children spend their days farming the land, traveling to the local market, and filling their containers with water at a nearby spring.

The water is cloudy, and when it rains, dirt and feces wash into the springwater.

“During the rainy season, our land is sliding and it is common to fall down carrying a 25 liter jerry can,” Markos said.

Last month, Markos took two of his children to the clinic and was prescribed medicine for typhoid, a waterborne illness known to be fatal if left untreated. Alemu, age 4, is not recovering well.

“I wish for our children get safe water in the village,” Markos said.

Suduwa Huleti has been without safe water for so long, that families believe previous families of Suduwa Huleti have cursed them. The truth is that Markos’ village is remote and hard to reach; constructing a safe water source in villages like Suduwa Huleti is a challenge, and others have struggled to aid them.

Children battle waterborne illness and symptoms linger. As a result, they’re often to osick to go to school, and education cannot be prioritized.

Despite it all, Markos’ family maintains their dreams for the future.

“We hope to fatten sheep and oxen in the compound and send our children to a better school,” he said.

You can help Marko’s family and others in Suduwa Huleti village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Suduwa Huleti village today.

Plan

Suduwa Huleti 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 Suduwa Huleti:

FAQ's

Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Your gift reflects your trust in Lifewater International. We commit to honor your generosity by using your gift to help further the mission and vision of Lifewater International. Your donation is used by Lifewater International according to the project objectives to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene within the specified program area. Lifewater International is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the United States. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Donations are non-refundable. Lifewater International will honor a donor’s request for any pre-approved program or project whenever possible. In rare occasions where this is not possible, gifts will be used where needed, in accordance with the organization’s charitable purpose. In accordance with this policy, donor’s explicitly release Lifewater International from further restriction on such funds.