The Maryam Weybar Community and Gereger Community in Ethiopia both have drilled wells now. Not only that, they have health workers who will share positive hygiene and household sanitation information with the rest of the community.
Each family using the new water source contributed toward their project’s construction — a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. Each family will continue to pay a small amount to use the water. The community will save this money for any necessary maintenance and repairs.
Fees weren’t the only contribution the community gave towards these water projects. Community members also helped build roads so that drilling rigs could reach their community. And they helped build structures to protect each water source after they were built.
The people here, especially women and girls, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. The water wasn’t safe to drink and often made people sick.
Not any more! We walked for these people and you gave.