Sida Village
Water Project

What is an Urgent Need?
Urgent needs are projects scheduled to begin construction within 90 days. Projects that do not receive full donor support will be completed using limited general funds.

24 days remaining

$5,995 Raised of $13,400

11 supporters, 45% sponsored

“I wish to have clean water nearby so that we can live healthy and happy.” - Shumba, mother of three

Village Water Project

Sida, Ethiopia, Africa

GPS: 6.8039, 38.9086

268 people

  • Story
  • Updates 2
  • Plan

Life in Sida: Shumba’s Story

Twice a day, Shumba hoists her three-month-old baby onto her back and descends a muddy, slippery riverbank to gather water.

One morning she fell, dropping both the baby and the heavy water container. They were unharmed, but the experience frightened Shumba, and she worries each time they gather water.

Shumba, her husband, and their three young children live in Sida village. They rely on the river for water. People from the surrounding communities clean their clothes and bathe themselves in its waters, which means that dirt, soap, and human waste constantly wash into the current. Animals also frequently visit the river, leaving their waste behind.

The unsafe water makes Shumba’s children sick with waterborne diseases. They don’t have a health center nearby, which makes illness even more dangerous.

“It is my top desire to have a health center and clean water to ease our current challenges,” Shumba said.

The mother of three also wishes for her children to be healthy so that they can attend school and get a good education.

“I want to send my children to school when they grow up,” Shumba said. “We could live healthy and happy.”

Shumba is friendly and expressive, eager to talk about the water problem in Sida village and ways to remedy it. Her husband, Abdu, feels strongly about the water problem in his community.

“I can’t even describe the urgency of our current water problem,” Abdu said. “We just live, and it is nothing more than the animals out here.”

With a safe source of water, Shumba and Abdu will be able to raise a healthy family. They won’t fear for their safety. They’ll have hope for the first time in a long while, and they can begin pursuing their dreams.

You can help Shumba’s family and others in Sida 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 Sida village today.

July 05, 2019: 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.

July 2019: Project Ready

Sida 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 Sida:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Sida 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

Sida 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 Sida 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! Sida 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 Sida: Shumba’s Story

Twice a day, Shumba hoists her three-month-old baby onto her back and descends a muddy, slippery riverbank to gather water.

One morning she fell, dropping both the baby and the heavy water container. They were unharmed, but the experience frightened Shumba, and she worries each time they gather water.

Shumba, her husband, and their three young children live in Sida village. They rely on the river for water. People from the surrounding communities clean their clothes and bathe themselves in its waters, which means that dirt, soap, and human waste constantly wash into the current. Animals also frequently visit the river, leaving their waste behind.

The unsafe water makes Shumba’s children sick with waterborne diseases. They don’t have a health center nearby, which makes illness even more dangerous.

“It is my top desire to have a health center and clean water to ease our current challenges,” Shumba said.

The mother of three also wishes for her children to be healthy so that they can attend school and get a good education.

“I want to send my children to school when they grow up,” Shumba said. “We could live healthy and happy.”

Shumba is friendly and expressive, eager to talk about the water problem in Sida village and ways to remedy it. Her husband, Abdu, feels strongly about the water problem in his community.

“I can’t even describe the urgency of our current water problem,” Abdu said. “We just live, and it is nothing more than the animals out here.”

With a safe source of water, Shumba and Abdu will be able to raise a healthy family. They won’t fear for their safety. They’ll have hope for the first time in a long while, and they can begin pursuing their dreams.

You can help Shumba’s family and others in Sida 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 Sida village today.

Updates

July 05, 2019: 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.

July 2019: Project Ready

Plan

Sida 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 Sida:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Sida 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

Sida 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 Sida 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! Sida 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