Help bring clean water to people in Ethiopia with our implementing partner, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST).
Despite increasing total access to water sources from less than 15% to over 40% in the last 20 years, much of Ethiopia remains impoverished, with 60 million people lacking basic access to clean and safe water. In rural Ethiopia, where almost 80% of the population resides, water is often inaccessible. And when it is available, it’s frequently unsafe.
charity: water’s ongoing partnership with REST supports a multi- year plan working towards universal water supply coverage in rural Tigray, located in northern Ethiopia. REST is currently working within the framework of the Government of Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan-II in an effort to reach 85% of the rural population with watercoverage by 2020/2021.
Wells are good solutions for regions with sufficient groundwater. Both manual and mechanical drilling techniques follow the same basic principle of breaking up dirt or rocks, and removing them to form a borehole deep enough to reach groundwater. The borehole is then lined with materials to help capture that groundwater, protect it against contamination, and make sure the well doesn’t collapse.
The well may then undergo developing, testing, and disinfection to ensure it provides the maximum amount of water at the highest quality. Lastly, the well is fitted with a pump to bring water to the surface for the community to use.
By sponsoring a well with a hand pump, you can provide access to clean and safe water for an entire community in Ethiopia.
Well with a hand pump.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Sustainable solutions take time. We begin program cycles with our partners bi-annually (in January and July), which means your donation may take up to six months to reach the field.
Here’s what to expect over the next 21 months: Over the course of the next 21 months, we’ll send you periodic updates, so you’ll be informed about work on the ground and progress towards your project’s completion.
PROGRAM CYCLE BEGINS
100% of your donation will be sent to the field throughout the course of the program cycle, beginning in either January or July.
Our partners do extensive research and prep work. They get permits and supplies, partner with local communities, train local caretakers, and begin water point construction.
Our partners finish the work and train local communities to use and maintain their water sources.
6 - 9 MONTHS
Our partners continue construction work, collect midterm reports, and send us information on project progress.
12 - 15 MONTHS
Our partners collect photos and GPS coordinates of the completed projects, and send us information about the specific communities served.
We verify final data from our partners, and prepare your report.
One Small Note: Despite our best efforts, sometimes plans need to change. In that unlikely event, we’ll put your funds toward projects substantially similar to your original project choice. Whether plans change or stay on track, we’ll keep you in the loop. And no matter what happens, 100% of your donation will directly fund water project costs.
THERE’S NO US WITHOUT YOU
Since 2006, charity: water supporters have funded clean water projects for more than 9.6 million people around the world. But 663 million people still lack access to clean water today, and we need your help to change that. Thank you for helping us transform lives.