• Water

    Where?

    Water supply in Ethiopia has improved by 57% (97% in urban areas and 42% in rural areas) over the last two decades. Despite the progress, 61 million Ethiopians have no access to safe water and 65 million lack access to improved sanitation (WHO, 2015). 17% of childhood deaths are associated with diarrhoea which remains the third leading cause of under-five mortality attributed to poor water, sanitation and hygiene. In villages, women and children walk for hours to fetch water hence taking a toll on education, especially for girls.

    Somaliland suffers from constant droughts and floods, causing significant damage to humans, livestock and harvests. The Foundation’s focus is to capture rainwater at all levels to create a reliable water source for improved livelihoods.

    For a full list of our projects see here.

    Sample Projects

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  • Benishangul-Gumuz Water Project, Ethiopia

    In line with the Foundation’s goal of focussing on  holistic community development, the project to improve water supply in Benishangul-Gumuz region started in 2016.  The Foundation has so far rehabilitated 12 wells – two shallow wells and 10 hand dug wells – generating 23,875 litres of water per day. This translates into an additional 2 litres per capital per day for the 12,000+ population residing in the four target kebeles but also much shorter distances and time needed to fetch water. The Foundation aims to further improve the clean water supply in the region by focussing on larger impact projects.

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  • Dabofayed and Jirrie Water Supply Project, Ethiopia

    The Foundation built a new water supply system with capacity to accommodate the water needs of the communities for the next 15 years for the two villages. The project elevates the access to safe and adequate drinking water for the 12,500 residents to the national standards. All beneficiaries are able to access clean water within 500 metres of their homes, which is only 25% of the average distance women had to travel to fetch water before the project. Beside the shortened distance to water, clean water has improved hygiene and impacted positively on the health of the communities.

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  • Northwest Gabiley Integrated Livelihoods Programme, Somaliland

    The overall objective of the programme is to increase access to reliable water supply by improving the collection and utilisation of surface water. This involves building and rehabilitating community dams and incorporating reliable water channels for people and livestock.  To this effect, this programme further serves to educate communities on how improved rainwater harvesting and surface water utilisation can be a stepping-stone in alleviating the effects of prolonged and frequent droughts that dry up the traditional water sources killing livestock, plants, resulting in famine and WASH related diseases.