New Opportunities

New opportunities for for a society that has suffered enough! Tsegaye’s new responsibility is serving as a technician for a water well in his village and he is pumped about it. “I am very happy for the knowledge I have acquired as technician. We don’t have to wait for an expert to come and fix it. I can do it in a short time”, he says. Tsegaye is also now helping his family collect water. Like previous times, he doesn’t depend on his children to fetch water. He says they can now go to...

Clean Water, More Time!

For Mebrat’s four children, finding clean water meant missing at least two classes in a week. Mebrat and her children’s source of water was from a river which required 2 hours of walking. After a water well was recently constructed in their village however, Mebrat spends less time walking and her children can attend school properly. “My children can keep their hygiene properly and I can have more time for other household work”, says...

Clean Water and A Role

Aside being a mother of two, Yirgalem has now another important role in her community. One of DoW’s water well constructed near her area she has now both Clean Water and A Role. She has recently been elected as a secretary in a WASH Committee for a water well Drop of Water constructed in in her village of SewiKesel, Tigray. “I am happy to be able to serve my village in this way”, says Yirgalem Because of the water well, Yirgalem says she now walks only 10 minutes instead of walking 30 minutes to the river called May Aren. “I can access clean water nearby and my children can now take clean water bottles to school”, notes...
4,800 Rural People Life Changed

4,800 Rural People Life Changed

Water is essential for life, health and human dignity. In extreme situations, there may not be sufficient water available to meet basic needs, and in these cases supplying a survival level of safe drinking water is of critical importance. In most cases, the main health problems are caused by poor hygiene due to insufficient water and by the consumption of contaminated water. To alleviate the above mentioned problems, providing safe and potable water supply to the rural population of Tigray region is one key strategic objective of DOW. With the financial support of the Japan Embassy in FDRE a number of activities related to Rural Water Supply, Hygiene & Sanitation were implemented to address the substantial problem of clean water, hygiene and sanitation services for 4,797 rural people, especially children and women at large found in Enderta and Kilte-Awlaelo Woreda of Tigray Region. On Oct 1st and 2nd, With generous support of the Japan embassy and together with its implementing partner REST , DOW inaugurated 11 New Shallow Boreholes and 1 Hand dug well which provides clean water, and became the reason for almost 4800 rural people life changed. We celebrated the day with great joy along with the community. Coming up inauguration of Five water wells : On Oct 26th and 27th 2014. We kindly invite you all to be part of the celebration! By means of Safe water we give...

Project Overview

Water supply utilities and small community water supplies worldwide are currently faced with a challenge of providing adequate safe drinking water for their client. This is attributed to the following facts: increased pollution, contamination from human waste excreta and others, population growth and unplanned urban settlement and climate change. Furthermore, safety of improved water are neglected due to lack of awareness among those managing and operating water utilities and small community water supply about the risk of contamination and pollution any point in time in addition to the old legacy  of testing quality of finished water product    which is common in  the case of water utility. Consumers also in most case believe that once the water source is improved they will take for granted the water is safe in developing countries. World Health Organization recognized these challenge came up with solution during the revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality leading to the 3rd edition in 2004, the value of the Water Safety Plan (WSP) approach. Water Safety Plans are a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach from catchment to consumer, with the aim of consistently ensuring the safety and acceptability of a drinking-water supply as part of ongoing drinking water supply operation and maintenance. Though, since the introduction of WSP different countries implemented it as a  pilot only four countries in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi).Thus, Water safety plan   conference was held with the purpose to promote and advocate the importance of WSP in the East Africa context among decision makers and practitioners though the participants were from all corner of the world. Over 256...