Clean water will be provided to 1,176 people in Garadida, Ethiopia, plus a local school & health post. Comprehensive health & sanitation education will also be delivered, as well as the facilitation of entrepreneurial & basic business skills to 100 women and agricultural support to 150 local farmers
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094573)
"Ultimately, we know that a safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene are basic and essential needs of every human being to live and in this current climate, these are critical instruments for fighting the dissemination of the COVID-19 virus."
“We started washing our hands more. I think we didn’t wash our hands much in the past, not just because we did not understand its importance, but because we couldn’t use much water before. HOPE’s staff told us to wash our hands after using the latrine. I believe we can do this now as we have water.”
"I value HOPE's sustainable approach. They provide a hand-up, not a hand-out. HOPE ensures the community owns its water system & its benefits; they provide the labor needed as well as necessary materials available locally. Training is provided so they can maintain and manage the system themselves."
In Ethiopia, only 39% of the population has access to basic drinking water services (2015). In rural areas, this figure drops to 30%. This leaves over 60 million people with no access to clean water. Daily walks to fetch potentially contaminated water from unprotected sources regularly leads to sickness, wasted time, injury, missed school and lost hope. Lack of safe water makes it impossible for people to meet their full potential, increases the risk of CV-19 & locks them in a cycle of poverty.
Since 1984 HOPE has provided clean water to 300,000 people in Ethiopia. HOPE has found that working with communities to bring local, clean water access is a catalyst to transformational change, allowing them to help themselves out of poverty. Improved health, access to education and time for pursing income-generating activities become the new reality, instead of many hours spent sourcing essential but unsafe water. New skills and training prepares them for a sustainable future of self-reliance.
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