Bring Safe, Clean Water to Ethiopian Children



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.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Organization Information

Location: Kansas City, Missouri - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Jessica Brooks
Project Leader:
Jessica Brooks
Donor Care Specialist
Kansas City, Missouri United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 51 donors like you, a total of $10,846 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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