West Arsi, Ethiopia

Serving remote villages in central Ethiopia

In the rolling hills of central Ethiopia, we are working to bring WASH access to remote villages where lack of safe water and sanitation keep many children out of school, either because they are sick or because they spend hours fetching water each day. By digging or repairing wells, capping springs, and building latrines in schools, families in West Arsi are stepping out of poverty, permanently.

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Program Goal:


People Served:

60000

Healthy Homes:

7000

Water Projects:

107

School Latrines:

27

Progress as of March 24, 2017:


People Served:

9960

Healthy Homes:

1440

Water Projects:

22

School Latrines:

3

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Program Milestones:


Field Office Launch

The West Arsi field office launched in October 2015.
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Baseline Survey

The baseline survey was completed in November 2015.
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Healthy Homes

The first healthy homes were certified in March 2016.
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Water Points

The first water point was constructed in April 2016.
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Healthy Communities

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

Program Completion

The West Arsi program is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Latest Water Points Completed:
Date:

July 9, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Huro Baro | Kote Hashewa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 9, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

182

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Huro Baro | Gare Mazgida

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 8, 2016

Type:

Rehabilitated Spring

# People Served:

623

Location Type:

School

Location:

Nensebo | Huro Baro | Safera

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 31, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

493

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero | Tolshota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 31, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero | Falmota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 31, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero | Tolshota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 31, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Hade | Dubulo 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 19, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

175

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Hade | Shayite

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 12, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

294

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero | Sokota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Gutu | Kechema

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Chiko | Lencha

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

175

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero | Keta

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Hade | Shorima

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

168

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Hade | Hora 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Gutu | Bambo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Chiko | Gagurtu

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 3, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Chiko | Chiko

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 9, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

332

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Gutu | Shasho

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 8, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

162

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Gutu | Shasho

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

180

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Gamachu | Danabsa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

300

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Harawa Kundhi | Gisho

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 8, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

467

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Hade | Dubulo 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:

1,440 healthy homes and counting.

Every family learns to store water safely, build and use its own latrine, handwashing station, and drying rack, and earns an official “Healthy Home” certificate. Each one is a reason to celebrate.

7,000 Families

Serving 60,000 people in 7,000 households by teaching steps each family can take to improve its health and earn a Healthy Home certification.

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Only 1%

Only 1% of households have access to a safe and dignifying latrine.

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20%

20% of the population is under the age of 5 (most vulnerable to water-borne disease).

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1/2

Just half the children ages 5-12 attend school.

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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.

Turo Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Thomas Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Sintayehu Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Teshale Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Teshale Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

West Arsi, Ethiopia

Teshale is responsible for overall implementation and strategic day-to-day technical leadership, management, and coordination of Lifewater’s programs in West Arsi, Ethiopia. Teshale joined Lifewater in October 2015 with an experience of 20 years in development work. He has served as an Agriculture Section leader, Project Manager, Program Officer, and WASH Team leader for programs run by the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus – Development and Social Services Commission ( DASSC). Teshale has an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and is pursuing his Postgraduate degree in Rural Development specialization at Hawassa University in Ethiopia.

Zerihun Hailu

Ethiopia Country Director

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Zerihun Hailu

Ethiopia Country Director

Senior Staff, West Arsi, Ethiopia

Zerihun Hailu is responsible for providing support, technical advising, capacity building, and oversight of Lifewater programs in Ethiopia. Zerihun joined Lifewater in June 2010 following over 20 years of development experience. He’s served as a Project Manager, Development Department Director, and Socio-economic Program Coordinator at regional and national levels with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus — Development and Social Services Commission (DASSC). Zerihun has an undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Ethiopia and a postgraduate degree Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Agriculture from Norway.

Duke Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Filagot Worku

Accountant

Tirunesh Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu Awoke

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Teshay Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Halima Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Musa Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Amane Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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