Dugda Dhera Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Dugda Dhera, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.723, 39.0279

268 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Dugda Dhera: Momina’s Story

Momina is the foundation of her family. She is strong, constant, and she keeps morale high even in the darkest times.

With her husband, Immi, coming to visit only every once in a while, the mother of six has raised her children primarily by herself. They’re growing into kind men and women, and she is proud of who they are.

But right now, her 17-year-old son, Jemale, is sick from the water they must drink in Dugda Dhera village. The entire community depends on a spring 15 minutes away, and it’s badly contaminated. Momina has already spent $10 USD to treat him at the local clinic.

“Thanks to the almighty God who has given me peace and health,” Momina said. “I wish, if I am able and strong, to grow my children without looking to other hands.”

Despite thanking God for her health, Momina was frail and appeared sick when we met with her. For years she’s gathered water for her family, but now, her children make the journey to and from the spring three times a day.

“I always praise my Lord, because if I did not have children, it would be difficult to pour water at this time,” she said. “I wish to teach my children to the higher levels of education.”

With Momina’s children gathering water and suffering from waterborne illness, they’re missing school each week.
The independent mother of six has accomplished so much for her family. With safe water, she and her children can live healthier lives with greater opportunities.

You can help Momina’s family and others in Dugda Dhera 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 Dugda Dhera village today.

July 22, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Dugda Dhera! 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 26, 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

Dugda Dhera is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Dugda Dhera:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Dugda Dhera has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Dugda Dhera has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Dugda Dhera village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Dugda Dhera is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 268 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Dugda Dhera: Momina’s Story

Momina is the foundation of her family. She is strong, constant, and she keeps morale high even in the darkest times.

With her husband, Immi, coming to visit only every once in a while, the mother of six has raised her children primarily by herself. They’re growing into kind men and women, and she is proud of who they are.

But right now, her 17-year-old son, Jemale, is sick from the water they must drink in Dugda Dhera village. The entire community depends on a spring 15 minutes away, and it’s badly contaminated. Momina has already spent $10 USD to treat him at the local clinic.

“Thanks to the almighty God who has given me peace and health,” Momina said. “I wish, if I am able and strong, to grow my children without looking to other hands.”

Despite thanking God for her health, Momina was frail and appeared sick when we met with her. For years she’s gathered water for her family, but now, her children make the journey to and from the spring three times a day.

“I always praise my Lord, because if I did not have children, it would be difficult to pour water at this time,” she said. “I wish to teach my children to the higher levels of education.”

With Momina’s children gathering water and suffering from waterborne illness, they’re missing school each week.
The independent mother of six has accomplished so much for her family. With safe water, she and her children can live healthier lives with greater opportunities.

You can help Momina’s family and others in Dugda Dhera 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 Dugda Dhera village today.

Updates

July 22, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Dugda Dhera! 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 26, 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

Plan

Dugda Dhera is in a very remote region of Ethiopia

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Dugda Dhera:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Dugda Dhera has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Dugda Dhera has selected water committee members to manage the safe village water source. Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

Construction Started

Work is officially underway to build a new water source for Dugda Dhera village. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Dugda Dhera is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 268 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved