Give Clean Water to Mire Huleti Village

Give Clean Water to Mire Huleti Village

Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 302 people (45 families)

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“I dream of getting clean water in our village.” - Tirfe, mother of three

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Life in Mire Huleti: Tirfe’s Story

When we arrived in Mire Huleti village, we met Tirfe and her husband, Belaye, who were in the process of constructing their new home. Neighbors were helping with construction, and they sang hymns as they carried and flattened the dirt that would form the foundation of the new home.

On the green grass, Tirfe’s children played with a ball made out of cloth. Tirfe herself was busy preparing a meal for neighbors who were helping out that day.

Tirfe was eager to share about their water problem and the solutions that might be possible.

“We have almost no drinking water as it’s mixed with dirt,” she said. “Our children are frequently sick with stomach aches and vomiting, and we spend a lot of money on health services.”

The only source of water near Mire Huleti village is a natural spring that trickles down the hillside. A bamboo shoot is used to funnel the water to individual plastic containers, and all 302 community members depend on this method.

Making one trip to the spring takes an hour, and Tirfe’s family makes three trips a day.

Tirfe and her husband have a coffee farm in Mire Huleti village. When they aren’t gathering water, they spend their time tending to their crops and caring for their three children; their oldest is six years old and their youngest is just 5 months old.

With so many young children, Tirfe’s family is at a high-risk for waterborne illness. Children, whose immune systems are still developing, cannot battle diseases like adults.

“I dream of getting clean water in our village,” she said.

You can help Tirfe’s family and others in Mire Huleti 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 Mire Huleti village today.

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June 28, 2019: Village Certified 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.

November 6, 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 Mire Huleti: Tirfe’s Story

When we arrived in Mire Huleti village, we met Tirfe and her husband, Belaye, who were in the process of constructing their new home. Neighbors were helping with construction, and they sang hymns as they carried and flattened the dirt that would form the foundation of the new home.

On the green grass, Tirfe’s children played with a ball made out of cloth. Tirfe herself was busy preparing a meal for neighbors who were helping out that day.

Tirfe was eager to share about their water problem and the solutions that might be possible.

“We have almost no drinking water as it’s mixed with dirt,” she said. “Our children are frequently sick with stomach aches and vomiting, and we spend a lot of money on health services.”

The only source of water near Mire Huleti village is a natural spring that trickles down the hillside. A bamboo shoot is used to funnel the water to individual plastic containers, and all 302 community members depend on this method.

Making one trip to the spring takes an hour, and Tirfe’s family makes three trips a day.

Tirfe and her husband have a coffee farm in Mire Huleti village. When they aren’t gathering water, they spend their time tending to their crops and caring for their three children; their oldest is six years old and their youngest is just 5 months old.

With so many young children, Tirfe’s family is at a high-risk for waterborne illness. Children, whose immune systems are still developing, cannot battle diseases like adults.

“I dream of getting clean water in our village,” she said.

You can help Tirfe’s family and others in Mire Huleti 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 Mire Huleti village today.

Read More
June 28, 2019: Village Certified 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.

November 6, 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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    Updates from the field

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    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.

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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