Give Clean Water to Bahirdar Village

Clean Water for Bahirdar Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 402 people (60 families)

Project funded

“I am very eager to see the problem of water in our village eradicated.” - Askale, mother of three

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Life in Bahirdar: Askale’s Story

The large Belechu river roars and races just 10 minutes from Askale Almayehu’s home. She and her family depend on the water, its constant flow and presence.

Without it, Askale doesn’t know how they would survive. At the same time, the rushing Belechu river is the source of their suffering.

Every morning before school and every afternoon after school, Askale’s three children gather water.

“We drink river water,” she said. “Its color and taste is always changing, and my family does not wish to drink this anymore.”

The river is extremely unsafe for drinking, and it’s giving families waterborne diseases that inhibit work, school, and everyday life.

“We have to move far distances to get safe water from pipes,” Askale said.

Sometimes, Askale sends her children to Worka town, a more urban community, to fill their containers with safe drinking water. It’s a long and strenuous journey, so it doesn’t happen often.

Askale grew up making far journeys like those. Now, she spends her days working with her husband on their coffee farm, gathering firewood for cooking, and doing household chores.

She is quick to smile and laugh, and she prides herself on her home and her children.

“If God allows, I want to teach my children up to higher education,” she said. “And I am very eager to see the problem of water in our village eradicated.”

Safe water and education go hand in hand. With safe water closeby, Askale’s children can spend less time at the river and more time studying, playing, and helping their parents around the house.

Askale can spend less treating waterborne illness and save money for her children’s educations.

You can help Askale’s family and others in Bahirdar 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 Bahirdar village today.

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July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Bahirdar! 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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Latest Project News

Life in Bahirdar: Askale’s Story

The large Belechu river roars and races just 10 minutes from Askale Almayehu’s home. She and her family depend on the water, its constant flow and presence.

Without it, Askale doesn’t know how they would survive. At the same time, the rushing Belechu river is the source of their suffering.

Every morning before school and every afternoon after school, Askale’s three children gather water.

“We drink river water,” she said. “Its color and taste is always changing, and my family does not wish to drink this anymore.”

The river is extremely unsafe for drinking, and it’s giving families waterborne diseases that inhibit work, school, and everyday life.

“We have to move far distances to get safe water from pipes,” Askale said.

Sometimes, Askale sends her children to Worka town, a more urban community, to fill their containers with safe drinking water. It’s a long and strenuous journey, so it doesn’t happen often.

Askale grew up making far journeys like those. Now, she spends her days working with her husband on their coffee farm, gathering firewood for cooking, and doing household chores.

She is quick to smile and laugh, and she prides herself on her home and her children.

“If God allows, I want to teach my children up to higher education,” she said. “And I am very eager to see the problem of water in our village eradicated.”

Safe water and education go hand in hand. With safe water closeby, Askale’s children can spend less time at the river and more time studying, playing, and helping their parents around the house.

Askale can spend less treating waterborne illness and save money for her children’s educations.

You can help Askale’s family and others in Bahirdar 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 Bahirdar village today.

Read More
July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Bahirdar! 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:

  • 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.

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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