Safe water through partnerships: Ethiopia

Case study

Our Water of Life programme aims to alleviate water poverty and reduce water-borne diseases. Providing access to safe water and sanitation for communities is a key focus - and we often work with others to achieve it.

In Gibe and Lemo, two districts in the Hadiya Zone in Ethiopia, Water of Life has formed partnerships with local people and international charity WaterAid to support 44,154 people to gain access to safe water, and 66,680 through better sanitation.

Between May 2013 and March 2015, the programme worked on a wide range of water and sanitation initiatives, including building and rehabilitating borehole wells, capped springs and hand pumps. These schemes also provided training and the promotion of Community Led Total Sanitation and Hygiene (CLTSH) programmes in ten kebeles (neighbourhoods), with the primary aim of increasing the quality and quantity of latrines in households.

WaterAid and its local partners trained 86 community health promoters and health extension workers in promoting sanitation and hygiene, and constructed 25 model latrines. As a result of these CLTSH activities, 10,197 households constructed household latrines and hand washing facilities. The programme also built eight VIP latrine blocks in four local schools, serving 6,500 students.

For Water of Life, which always aims to support projects that are sustainable and enduring, a particular success of the project is the high level of community mobilisation it achieved. WaterAid and its local partners formed strong connections in Gibe and Lemo - and local government offices and other stakeholders all played a role in providing the necessary support so that communities were able to participate fully.

woman using water pump

Image courtesy of WaterAid/Behailu Shiferaw
Jemila uses her newly installed water point, supported by Water of Life in partnership with WaterAid