Help charity: water provide clean and safe water.

Mar 5, 2012

charity: water Project Update in Ethiopia, Pt. 4

Hand-dug well, Ethiopia 1
Hand-dug well, Ethiopia 1

GlobalGiving update March 1, 2012

Report 4

Total amount donated to charity: water, $101,866.95


Project Start date: May 2011

Status: In progress

Work is well underway in Ethiopia with the funds from the community at Global Giving!


On the ground, construction and drilling are wrapping up. The partners continue training the community about safe water supply, sanitation and personal hygiene.

The Global Giving grant is utilizing a number of different water project technologies or “interventions” as our programs team calls them. Specifically, this grant will go towards shallow boreholes, a spring protection system, rehabilitation and two school projects.

 Here’s more information about the different types of projects:

Hand-Dug Well

Hand-dug wells are possible in areas with a high water table. The community usually contributes time and labor, sometimes digging up to three months to reach clean water deep underground.

Spring Protection

Spring protection systems pipe clean water from natural springs. Their reach depends on the water yield; some provide water for a couple hundred people, others can be piped down to several villages.


When there’s a broken or abandoned non-charity: water project nearby, our partners find it cost-effective to repair and improve these existing projects. They also train the communities to prevent future breakdowns.


It’s a striking fact, but half the world’s schools don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water and latrines. This is especially devastating for young girls who often end their education when they reach puberty because of lack of access to a private and secure toilet.

After construction is complete, the partners will review the functionality of the water projects, the community’s response and impact. 

Hand-dug well, Ethiopia 2
Hand-dug well, Ethiopia 2
Water project interventions
Water project interventions
School project
School project
Girls at school, Ethiopia
Girls at school, Ethiopia



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charity: water

New York, NY, United States

Project Leader

Sarah Cohen

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