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 September 22, 2017:


People Served:

24018

Healthy Homes:

2519

Water Projects:

64

School Latrines:

19

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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

The first healthy community was certified in December 2016.

Program Completion

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

Latest Water Points Completed:
Date:

July 24, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Gamachu | Timilo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 5, 2017

Type:

Gravity System

# People Served:

409

Location Type:

School

Location:

Belo Dikicha Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 12, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Tulu Gola | Finchaya

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 5, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

409

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Tulu Gola | Dikicha

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

July 3, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Tulu Gola | Geteme Desa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

June 17, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Gamachu | Kutale

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

June 14, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

147

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Tulu Gola | Belo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

May 3, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Harawa Kundhi | Bollo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 28, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Gamachu | Bochesa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 7, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

350

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Beriso

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 6, 2017

Type:

Rehab Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

70

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Guyota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 6, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Teji

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 31, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

181

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Burkitu Loko

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 30, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Tibota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 30, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

185

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Baro

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 29, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

201

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Shukuma

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 28, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

181

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Tilite

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 28, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

181

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Bishade Golbe

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 28, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

294

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Seriti

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 21, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Koreka

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 27, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

719

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Windissa Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 27, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

615

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Teji Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 27, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Folka A

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 22, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

287

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Awata

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 22, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

266

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Edo Kelo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 21, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

301

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Adilo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 19, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Mirota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 16, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Tete

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 14, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Chira

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 14, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Kokosa | Dabo Mazgida

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 9, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

266

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Kokosa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 7, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

301

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Girarma

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 5, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

301

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Holiyo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 1, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Shulumtu

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 1, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

287

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Lencha 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 1, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

315

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Dufure

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

February 27, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

769

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Jafero Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

February 20, 2017

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

777

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Batala Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

January 23, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

225

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Ona

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

January 25, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

525

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Dayu

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

January 20, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

281

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Halila Wetera

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

January 17, 2017

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

281

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Gama

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

September 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Kote Hashewa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

September 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

182

Location Type:

Village

Location:

Nensebo | Gare Mazgida

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

September 7, 2016

Type:

Rehabilitated Spring

# People Served:

623

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Safera

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 13, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

493

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Illu Dhiha Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 5, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Falmota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 6, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

280

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Tolshota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 17, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Dubulo 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

February 18, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

175

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Shayite

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 25, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

295

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Sokota

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 19, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Kechema

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 29, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Lencha

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 24, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

175

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Keta

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 29, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Shorima

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 25, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

168

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Hora 1

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 23, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

210

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Bambo

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 27, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Gagurtu

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

February 28, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

245

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Chiko

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

February 17, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

332

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Shasho Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

January 19, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

162

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Kokosa | Shasho

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

180

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Danabsa

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

April 7, 2016

Type:

Protected Spring

# People Served:

320

Location Type:

Village

Location:

West Arsi | Nensebo | Gisho

New Water Point:
Previous Source:
Date:

March 11, 2016

Type:

Hand Dug Well

# People Served:

467

Location Type:

School

Location:

Kokosa | Hade Primary School

New Water Point:
Previous Source:

2,519 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.

Muse Mathewos

Water & 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.

Halima Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu Abebe

South Ethiopia Programs Manager

Meron Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tirunesh Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sintayehu Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Sofiya Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Yeshihareg Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

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.

Garedew Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Filagot Worku

Accountant

Musa Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu Awoke

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Duke Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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