Bensa, Ethiopia

Serving remote villages in southern Ethiopia

In the southern region of Ethiopia, Lifewater is walking alongside very vulnerable communities living in the The Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), home to over 18 million people. This region of Ethiopia has the greatest number of ethnic and language groups in country. It is also home to some of the highest water scarcity and water-borne disease rates in the world.

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People Served:


Healthy Homes:


Water Projects:


School Latrines:


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Program Milestones:

Field Office Launch

The Bensa field office launched in September 2016.

Baseline Survey

The baseline survey was completed in December 2016.

Healthy Homes

We are expecting our first healthy homes to be certified 
in April 2017.
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Water Points

Construction begins when water committees are trained and operational.
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Healthy Communities

Almost every home is healthy and safe sustainable water is available to the community.

Program Completion

The Bensa program is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Only 35%

of people have access to safe water sources.


sanitation coverage for this Sidama region.


of the schools lack access to safe water sources and improved latrines in rural Sidama.

Meet The Team

Lifewater field staff work with persistence, humility, and courage to walk alongside each family in the project area with the knowledge and encouragement they need to help themselves.

Nigussie Asfaw

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zeritu Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Genet Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

Kasa Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi Adugna

Project Accountant

Netsanet Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret Marmara

Water Technician

Fura Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye Urgessa

Water Technician