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Dec 29, 2015

Thirsty for clean water in 2016

Village leaders
Village leaders

Cooler and wetter weather has hit Kalebo Laka in recent weeks.  Whilst there are tragic reports of famine and drought from the north of Ethiopia, the village leaders in Kalebo Laka are dealing with opposite weather conditions.  This is consuming much energy and is raising fears that food supplies will be washed away.  Of course, rain can be captured for drinking and cooking purposes but few families have enough necessary large, open-topped buckets for collecting the rain that is presently dominating their lives.  These unexpected weather conditions have only increased the need for access to safe water in Kalebo Laka.

HOPE Ethiopia has a field staff team that has the capacity to deliver an increased number of water projects.  The director has restructured the staff to maximise the delivery of water projects and the related education programmes to the villages that invite HOPE to work with them to build the infrastructure to access clean water in southwest Ethiopia.  The staff is presently completing a project in Dorze Bele (see previous project on Global Giving) and will soon be ready to start work in another village.  Funding is the only hindrance to more water projects being delivered in 2016.

Kalebo Laka has a population of 1729 and longs to be the next village where HOPE's work begins.  The community longs to reduce the diseases contracted by drinking contaminated water as well as the walking distance and time spent fetching water, particularly for women and children.  They are desperately thirsty for improved health and opportunities for education and income generating activities that will have a lasting effect on their community and will help them to make the needed steps out of poverty.

In addition to your kind donations, we are also applying for additional funding from UK-based foundations to assist with the needed funding to start this programme in Kalebo Laka at the earliest possible time.  Events and other fundraisers are also being planned.  Thank you for your assistance to move us closer to this goal.  Like Dorze Bele, we long to see another community fully benefit from access to clean water and help themselves out of poverty.

Thank you again for your assistance in playing your part.  

Dec 1, 2015

The first step to a changed life

Dinkinesh in front of her home
Dinkinesh in front of her home

Dinkinesh is a 48 year old women who lives in Kecho with her husband, Gabisa, and 5 of her 7 children. A year ago they were using unprotected water for home consumption.  They were also sharing their home with animals. Dinkinesh said, ”We experienced poor personal hygiene, drinking and washing with polluted water. As a result, we suffered from waterborne diseases and eye infections.”

Since HOPE International Development Agency implemented a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project in Kecho 15 months ago, Dinkinesh Bola is one of many who has benefitted.

 "Since HOPE implemented the project, we access clean water for our home consumption.  We received education on sanitation and hygiene and women have been organized in SHGs. Now, to maintain our personal hygiene, we have separated our home from animals and constructed our own pit latrine from locally available materials,” Dinkinesh adds.  

“We have also constructed drying bed and shelves for home utensils in our home. We always wash the utensils properly, washing our hands before meals and keep our children clean. As a result, we have faced no waterborne disease and eye infections at all in the past year. Now, our expenses for medication has decreased dramatically, instead of paying so much of our little to health institutions, we are purchasing clothes for our children and some additional home utensils. I have also purchased 3 hybrid chickens each for 50.00 ETB. In addition, I am a member of Yekicho Anbessa SHG and saving Ethiopian Birr 4.00/week and 1.00/week for social fund.”   

Life has changed dramatically for Dinkinesh as well as for the other women in her community.  They are watching their children go to school and bring home stories of their learning, whilst the parents are starting to see an improvement in their quality of life as they have more time to commit to earning money.

There are concerns, however, that with a 5% illiteracy rate among adult women, these improvements are limited. They still lack a basic education that allows them to be innovative with income generating activities and cannot keep records of their earnings.  This also leaves them lacking confidence and unable to speak out for themselves.  With an increased investment in functional literacy for these women, their present improvements will be more certain and there will be potential for continued economic growth for years to come.

Please consider investing in Kecho's long-term future.

Oct 8, 2015

Clean water is on its way to Dorze Bele!

Counting the days to end their walk for water
Counting the days to end their walk for water

As a result of your generosity, work has now started on the water project in Dorze Bele, Ethiopia!  

Materials have arrived and HOPE staff have moved into the village to start capping the spring, digging the trenches and building the water points, wash stations, pit latrines and reservoir.  The work is anticipated to take three months, which means that clean water will be available for this village of 5,250 before the end of the year.  The women pictured here will not need to source contaminated water any longer.

I was fortunate to be in Dorze Bele in August visiting HOPE's recent water projects with two people from Global Giving.  There was much excitement about the upcoming project.  "We are committed to provide the labour to make this happen.  We are so grateful that you are helping us," shared a village leader that greeted us.  I received their heart-felt thanks for all of you who donated to this project, which I promised to pass on.  After visiting other villages that now have access to clean water and seeing the material benefits of having time to invest in projects to financially benefit one's family, I can see why they were desperate for HOPE to start working!

Because all the funds have been raised for Dorze Bele, HOPE UK is now beginning to raise money for two more projects:

- The first project is another water project for the next village, Kalebo Laka.  This village is smaller but more remote, so the is project expected to take two months longer.  HOPE staff in Ethiopia is hoping to start this new project in January when the work is complete in Dorze Bele.  For this reason, we have a very short time to raise the necessary funds by the beginning of 2016.  More information on this project can be found here - https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/bring-clean-water-to-an-ethiopian-village-of-1729/

- The second project is an education project for the women in Kecho, a village that HOPE completed a water project in at the beginning of this year.  Only 4% of the adult women in this village are literate because, since they were young girls, they spent their days sourcing water instead of attending school.  This two-year education programme will teach basic literacy and business skills and will also provide seed money for each of them to start a micro business, to increase their contribution to their family and community.  More information on this project can be found here - https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/providing-a-basic-education-for-120-women-in-kecho/

We would like to invite you to join us once again in making a profound difference to the lives of people in this remote region of Ethiopia.  

In addition, HOPE is participating in Global Giving's Little by Little Campaign from 28th Oct - 2nd Nov 2015.  All donations £50 and under will be matched by 50%.  This means that a donation of £30 would become £45, and a donation of £20 would become £30.  Obviously donations that are Gift Aided would be even higher.  This is another means to make an even greater impact with your giving.

Similarly, if you would like to help us raise funds through sponsored events, challenges or concerts, like Ray, Sam, Kendrick, Moni and Rebekah successfully did in the summer, I would love to hear from you. Grab some friends and help make a difference together!

So ...  Ameseginalehugn (Thank You) from the community of Dorze Bele where safe water is coming, lives are changing, poverty is ending and importantly, hope is abundant.  

 

Julie Cole

juliec@hope-international.org.uk 

Women and children celebrate the arrival of HOPE
Women and children celebrate the arrival of HOPE
View of the village of Dorze Bele from the spring
View of the village of Dorze Bele from the spring
HOPE staff & materials arrive so work can begin
HOPE staff & materials arrive so work can begin
Receiving thanks from the village leaders
Receiving thanks from the village leaders

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