Give Clean Water to Yamo Village

Clean Water for Yamo Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 315 people (47 families)

Project funded

“I will be very happy if God makes it possible for us to get clean water.” - Sofiya, mother of seven

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Life in Yamo: Sofiya’s Story

In Yamo village, Sofiya is known for her smile. Most days, it is accompanied by gleeful laughter.

Sofiya has seven children, and she spends her days caring for the youngest ones who aren’t old enough to go to school. She also works on her family farm with her husband, milks their cow, and collects firewood for cooking.

Although she isn’t used to talking about the water problem in her community, she shared her trials with us.

“I don’t want to lack water at home because we need to drink it, and we prepare our food with water,” she said. “We spend a lot of time to reach the swamp.”

Sofiya’s family depends on water from a muddy swamp 15 minutes from their home. Cattle drink directly from it, and the village suffers almost constant illness.

“I wish to educate my children so they can go to university,” she said.

When her children are sick, they don’t go to school. If she is sick, she sends them to gather water. The result is always missed school days.
“I will be very happy if God makes it possible for us to get clean water near to us,” she said.

With safe water nearby, Sofiya would work more, save money, and keep her children in school.

You can help Sofiya’s family and others in Yamo 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 Yamo village today.

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July 22, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Yamo! 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 18, 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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water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

Life in Yamo: Sofiya’s Story

In Yamo village, Sofiya is known for her smile. Most days, it is accompanied by gleeful laughter.

Sofiya has seven children, and she spends her days caring for the youngest ones who aren’t old enough to go to school. She also works on her family farm with her husband, milks their cow, and collects firewood for cooking.

Although she isn’t used to talking about the water problem in her community, she shared her trials with us.

“I don’t want to lack water at home because we need to drink it, and we prepare our food with water,” she said. “We spend a lot of time to reach the swamp.”

Sofiya’s family depends on water from a muddy swamp 15 minutes from their home. Cattle drink directly from it, and the village suffers almost constant illness.

“I wish to educate my children so they can go to university,” she said.

When her children are sick, they don’t go to school. If she is sick, she sends them to gather water. The result is always missed school days.
“I will be very happy if God makes it possible for us to get clean water near to us,” she said.

With safe water nearby, Sofiya would work more, save money, and keep her children in school.

You can help Sofiya’s family and others in Yamo 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 Yamo village today.

Read More
July 22, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Yamo! 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 18, 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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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.

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

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Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will 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 in the same program region.

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