Without CLEAN water

sickness and infection spread – ultimately leading to disability.

Let’s turn on the taps in Ethiopia!

Water

Only a quarter of people in the largely rural Amhara region of Ethiopia have access to adequate, clean water.

Glass of water

The average person consumes just 3-4 litres per day – less than the 5 litres generally considered essential for basic human survival.

Women and girls typically walk 3-8 kilometres to get to the nearest water – water that is often full of leech worms and algae.

Trachoma

It’s almost impossible to keep eyes and faces and hands clean when water is so scarce. So it’s little wonder, 62% of people in Amhara have trachoma – the highest prevalence in the world.

Children

Children are the active carriers of the eye infection. Women and girls, the primary caregivers for these young children, are at heightened risk of re-infection and blindness.

cbm’s Amhara Water Program

From 2014-2018, cbm and our partner ORDA have a strategy to dig and cap 200 water sources – a huge step towards 100% coverage for 2 drought prone regions.

Each water source costs an average of $5,490 – the cost to dig a well or to cap a spring.

Name of district

Sekota Zuria

Gazgibla

Total population of district
(Source: Amhara BoFED)

34,600

27,200

Current water coverage (%)

68.60%

53.10%

No. of people who do not currently have access to safe water

10,864

12,757

Number of water sources need to be developed for 100% safe water coverage

163

128

For every water source, we also establish a WASHCO – a local committee to monitor and maintain the well or the spring.

Our 2017 Goal

To create 40 clean water sources – protected from animal urine and faeces, from environmental pollution and flodding in the rainy season. And each is accessible for people with disabilities.

40 water sources will cost $219,600 and will provide clean water for 14,000 moms, dads and children.

The long term solution for moms like Ansha

“I didn’t know that I could become blind or that I could infect others with the disease. It is hard for me to know that my children are at risk. My daughter is only 5 years old, my son 13.


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