Samre, Ethiopia, faces a water crisis. As usual water sources vanish, child mortality from water-related diseases rises. This project will help Samre build and maintain a water and sanitation system.
More than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Unsafe drinking water is the #1 killer of children under the age of 5, and delays economic development. In Samre, only 32% of the 4,550 residents have access to clean water. Women often spend 4 to 6 hours each day walking to the nearest water source. The lack of access to safe drinking water is compounded by poor hygiene habits, causing increases in water-related diseases and child mortality.
The project consists of constructing 8 new handwells, with hand-pumps and drainage systems, and pit latrines for each household. Project also includes health education, community development and technical training.
Clean, accessible drinking water will allow women and children time for other tasks such as attending school or planting a vegetable garden. Project will act as a catalyst for other community-driven improvements, such as building/improving schools.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The Water Crisis in Ethiopia
Semre Community Description
WaterPartners' Unique Solution
WaterPartners' Track Record