Dodola Region, Ethiopia



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funded April 9, 2021

Our partner began serving in Dodola in 2019, focusing on communities with the greatest need for safe water access.

In Dodola, most families live in traditional mud-thatched homes roofed with dried brush from the surrounding forest. A majority of families rely on agriculture for their annual income, and water scarcity and water quality are among what the communities deem their greatest problems.

Water usage is exceptionally low, with the average household using only 13 gallons of water per day between five-six people. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 13 gallons per day per person to meet the basic needs of a human body like hydration and hygiene and sanitation. This means that in Dodola, families are surviving off of what amounts to sips of water a day.

Gathering that minimal amount of water takes two hours and 12 minutes a day in the dry season. Women and children often travel to unprotected springs or rivers. The contaminated water is dangerous for everyone, but particularly children under the age of five years old. Their immune systems are still developing, and they aren’t able to fight the illnesses like adults.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work in the surrounding area shows that waterborne illness can be nearly eliminated with basic access to things like clean drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap.

Update June 15, 2021

There is a lot of great work going on in Dodola and the villages continue to receive Lifewater with great enthusiasm. Your gift had a direct impact on all of these projects.

There was a latrine block completed for a local school, and more than 150 homes were recorded as “Certified Healthy Homes.” There were other spring caps and storage tanks built for multiple pipe systems. It is an incredible amount of progress in a span of about 4 – 5 weeks. The relationships, education, and community work is tremendous but that is exactly what creates a sustainable solution to the water and sanitation crisis. Thank you for being a part of this work.

Garamba Egu is a village in Dodola of 369 people. Recently, this community received safe water through a protected spring system. A nearby natural spring was sealed to protect it from contamination and water travels through gravity-fed pipes to a water collection point within the community (also called a tap stand).

In addition to contributing materials and labor toward this water source, the community has been working hard to improve their health of their village. In February 2021, Garamba Egu was verified as Open Defecation Free (ODF), a significant accomplishment. Ninety percent of the households in this village are Healthy Homes, a Lifewater certification meaning the household has adopted key sanitation and hygiene practices to improve their health.

A community member in Garamba Egu at the newly constructed tap stand.

A family in Garamba Egu pictured with their latrine.

A family in Garamba Egu pictured with their latrine.

A family in Garamba Egu pictured with their latrine.

This project was made possible by donations from a couple of WORLD CHANGERS!