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Ethiopia, Africa

Population: 168 people (25 families)

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“We have no option, so we drink dirty water.” - Momina, mother of five and grandmother

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Life in Tisho: Momina’s Story

For dozens of years, Momina Gemeda has paced the hallways in hospitals, carried sick children to underfunded and overburdened health clinics, and watched her family suffer the impacts of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.

Just recently, it was her 4-year-old grandson, Tahire, who had to be taken to the clinic for waterborne illness. Momina aches for her children and grandchildren and dreams of change.

Momina and her husband, Kabeto, live in Tisho village with their four grandsons. They have five grown children who live in other communities, and they spend their days gathering water, working on their farm, and caring for their grandchildren.

Tisho village depends on a spring 15 minutes from Momina’s home. It’s contaminated, and Momina mourns that after all these years, they are still drinking the water.

“We have no option, so we drink dirty water and so do our cattle,” she said. “And during the dry season, the spring runs dry.”

When this happens, Momina must walk many miles to reach another unsafe water source. Every once in a while, their children bring them safe water in plastic containers, but it is not consistent enough to count on.

“It is important to get clean water for the elderly people like us and for little children in our village,” she said.

Momina hopes that her burden will be eased one day and that her grandchildren will experience life apart from waterborne illness.

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

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May 8, 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 7, 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 Tisho: Momina’s Story

For dozens of years, Momina Gemeda has paced the hallways in hospitals, carried sick children to underfunded and overburdened health clinics, and watched her family suffer the impacts of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.

Just recently, it was her 4-year-old grandson, Tahire, who had to be taken to the clinic for waterborne illness. Momina aches for her children and grandchildren and dreams of change.

Momina and her husband, Kabeto, live in Tisho village with their four grandsons. They have five grown children who live in other communities, and they spend their days gathering water, working on their farm, and caring for their grandchildren.

Tisho village depends on a spring 15 minutes from Momina’s home. It’s contaminated, and Momina mourns that after all these years, they are still drinking the water.

“We have no option, so we drink dirty water and so do our cattle,” she said. “And during the dry season, the spring runs dry.”

When this happens, Momina must walk many miles to reach another unsafe water source. Every once in a while, their children bring them safe water in plastic containers, but it is not consistent enough to count on.

“It is important to get clean water for the elderly people like us and for little children in our village,” she said.

Momina hopes that her burden will be eased one day and that her grandchildren will experience life apart from waterborne illness.

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

Read More
May 8, 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 7, 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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    Village Has Safe Water Source

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Meet the Team

Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Yisahek

Dagne

Jr. WASH Tech

Alemayehu

Awoke

Program Manager, Nensebo, Ethiopia

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Tsige

Hilo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Teshale

Asefa

Regional Program Manager, West Arsi, Ethiopia

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Genet

Tadese

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Gizachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selamawit

Tilahun

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Meseret

Marmara

Water Technician

Jarso

Asefa

Human Resources Manager

Abinet

Ayele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Burkitu

Chuluke

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Yared

Getachew

Geologist

Surafel

Negash

Drill Co Chief Driller

Yeshihareg

Balcha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Berhanu

Mesele

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tadelech

Tesfaye

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Alemayehu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tirunesh

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Tura

Communications Coordinator

Biftu

Galata

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misrak

Ayano

Program Manager

Netsanet

Tadele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Misgana

Hirphassa

WASH Engineer (Planning and Design)

Meron

Tadesse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tikikil

Shikur

Cashier / Store Keeper

Zinash

Gebre

Cashier / Store Keeper

Bontu

Aman

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Filagot

Worku

Accountant

Fura

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Dereje

Getachew

Jr. WASH Tech

Bizuneh

Bushura

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kinfu

Siyoum

Drill Co Hydrologist

Shumi

Adugna

Project Accountant

Turo

Sinkaro

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Mestawot

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ermias

Wondwosen

Jr. WASH Tech

Zelalem

Regassa

Communications Coordinator

Shitaye

Urgessa

Water Technician

Samson

Mamo

Drill Co Pump Technician

Enat

Amde

Cashier / Store Keeper

Lamesa

Bekele

Water & Sanitation Technician

Thomas

Fantaye

Driver/Logistics Assistant

Kasa

Engo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Birkinesh

Bekele

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Duke

Megera

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Ayantu

Getachew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Daro

Ansha

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Senait

Solomon

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tigist

Endalew

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Tazeb

Tefera

Accountant

Gudetu

Arse

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gebeyehu

Abebe

Director of Program Operations

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Zeritu

Kebede

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Halima

Godana

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Derartu

Ayano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Workinesh

Teshome

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Abate

Tegegn

Regional Program Manager, Bensa, Ethiopia

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Adanech

Abebe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Meseret

Biru

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Almaz

Torbi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tamerat

Asefa

Drill Co Assistant Driller

Garedew

Amare

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tsehay

Habtu

Sanitation and Hygiene Promoter

Musa

Meribo

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alemnesh

Girma

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Sofiya

Kore

Junior Accountant / Cashier

Sosina

Nega

Cashier / Store Keeper

Shibire

Hebo

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Selam

Hailu

Sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator

Muse

Mathewos

Water & Sanitation Technician

Amane

Zerfu

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zufan

Kebede

Cashier

Aberra

Elefew

WASH Planning and Design Engineer

Tarekegn

Tadele

Jr. WASH Tech

Tadesse

Gelgelu

Driver

Sintayehu

Tamiru

Water and Sanitation Technician

Tewabech

Tademe

Sanitation & Hygiene Promoter

Zerihun

Hailu, MS

Ethiopia Country Director

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07/26/2019

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