Give Clean Water to Gitota Village

Give Clean Water to Gitota Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 189 people (27 families)

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“I remember when I was pregnant and became very tired, my children cried ‘Water…water to drink…water,’ but I could not make the journey.” - Asha, mother of five

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Life in Gitota: Asha’s Story

When the dirt dries and cracks outside Asha Aliye’s front door, she knows that hardship will mark the next few months of her family’s life.

When the rain ceases in the Ethiopian dry season, women like Asha shoulder a heavy burden. Between caring for her children and tending to her family farm, she makes two trips a day to the contaminated village spring. There, she is met with long lines.

Sometimes, it takes 2.5 hours a day to gather just enough water to survive.

Asha and her husband Wotile have five children, and they have seen and survived many dry seasons in Gitota village.

The village spring is less than a mile away from their home, but when the rains stop, the water is little more than a trickle from the mountainside.

“I remember when I was pregnant and became very tired, my children cried ‘Water…water to drink…water,’ but I could not make the journey,” she said.

In rural Ethiopia, water gathering is perceived as a woman’s duty, and when women become ill or pregnant and are unable to get water, children do not have water to drink or water to cook with, and many go to sleep hungry.

“I am always in fear that I may get sick,” she said. “When I was in bed, my children suffer for their meal.”

Asha has begun sending her children to retrieve water from the spring in the morning, but long lines make them late for class, and they are punished for their tardiness.

“I am willing to do what it takes to see my children educated, to see some become doctors and support us in the future,” she said.

You can help Asha’s family and others in Gitota 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Gitota village today.

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April 23, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Gitota! 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 27, 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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Life in Gitota: Asha’s Story

When the dirt dries and cracks outside Asha Aliye’s front door, she knows that hardship will mark the next few months of her family’s life.

When the rain ceases in the Ethiopian dry season, women like Asha shoulder a heavy burden. Between caring for her children and tending to her family farm, she makes two trips a day to the contaminated village spring. There, she is met with long lines.

Sometimes, it takes 2.5 hours a day to gather just enough water to survive.

Asha and her husband Wotile have five children, and they have seen and survived many dry seasons in Gitota village.

The village spring is less than a mile away from their home, but when the rains stop, the water is little more than a trickle from the mountainside.

“I remember when I was pregnant and became very tired, my children cried ‘Water…water to drink…water,’ but I could not make the journey,” she said.

In rural Ethiopia, water gathering is perceived as a woman’s duty, and when women become ill or pregnant and are unable to get water, children do not have water to drink or water to cook with, and many go to sleep hungry.

“I am always in fear that I may get sick,” she said. “When I was in bed, my children suffer for their meal.”

Asha has begun sending her children to retrieve water from the spring in the morning, but long lines make them late for class, and they are punished for their tardiness.

“I am willing to do what it takes to see my children educated, to see some become doctors and support us in the future,” she said.

You can help Asha’s family and others in Gitota 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Gitota village today.

Read More
April 23, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Gitota! 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 27, 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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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

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    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.

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Demissie

Geologist

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

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