Clean water and sanitation for families in Ethiopia

Funding required: $83,900

This project will help: 6,000 Compassion beneficiaries from 24 centres

Estimated completion date: July 2022

Country: Ethiopia

Executive summary

At a time when hand washing and access to clean water are even more critical to prevent diseases, Compassion Ethiopia is prioritizing providing latrines and clean water. As part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Compassion Ethiopia conducted a needs assessment of Compassion centres across the country. The survey identified 24 Compassion centres with water facility problems that negatively affect beneficiary children and the church community. In addition, a water and sanitation need assessment revealed that 38 per cent of the 279 centres surveyed have a standard dry pit latrine, and 34 per cent don’t have latrine facilities. At centres without latrines, people commonly defecate in the open on the centre grounds; 56 per cent of children don’t wash their hands after defecation. The same survey found that 18 per cent of the Compassion centres do not have access to potable water. Household members in these communities must travel more than 15 minutes to obtain water and often draw it from unprotected water sources.

A lack of clean water and latrines available on the grounds of some Compassion centres impacts the studies of Compassion-assisted children. Not having a safe place to relieve themselves and wash their hands can be a barrier to some children’s school attendance and performance. In addition, children studying at these centres have no place to clean themselves after physical education or other exercise.

Installing plastic cisterns (roto water tanks) and pipelines will enable Compassion-assisted children to access water for drinking and washing within a reasonable distance of the centres. This will reduce water-related diseases and help to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Most important, installing cisterns and pipelines will ensure more than 95 per cent of beneficiaries and their families have access to clean water for drinking and other household uses.

Installing plastic cisterns (roto water tanks) and pipelines will enable Compassion-assisted children to access water for drinking and washing within a reasonable distance of the centres. This will reduce water-related diseases and help to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Most important, installing cisterns and pipelines will ensure more than 95 per cent of beneficiaries and their families have access to clean water for drinking and other household uses.

Did you know?

In Ethiopia, 60 to 80 per cent of communicable diseases are attributed to limited access to safe water and inadequate sanitation facilities.

Summary

Background

After conducting a survey, Compassion Ethiopia identified 24 Compassion centres that need better access to clean water and sanitation. These centres either have a standard dry pit latrine or no latrine facilities. At centres without latrines, people commonly defecate in the open. A lack of clean water means that more than half the children don’t wash their hands after eliminating. In addition, households in these communities must travel more than 15 minutes to obtain water and often from contaminated water sources. At a time when preventing disease is even more critical, Compassion Ethiopia wants to ensure children and families connected with these centres have safe sanitation facilities and clean water for drinking and hand washing.

The need

Compassion Ethiopia is committed to providing clean water and sanitation to reduce disease for families connected with Compassion centres across the country. Your gift will provide latrines and plastic cisterns with pipelines supplying potable water at 24 Compassion centres. Having access to sanitary bathroom facilities and water for hand washing will positively impact 6,000 beneficiaries, family members and church partner members. They will also have access to safe drinking and cooking water.

Since this is the first major water intervention for the child development centres, Church partners will provide education on sanitation and hygiene practices to beneficiaries, siblings and caregivers to help promote hygienic practices. With water close by, children studying at the Compassion centres won’t need to interrupt their school day to go in search of water. This will improve their concentration on their studies and their cognitive development. Access to clean water and facilities will have the added benefit of reducing funds spent to purchase water and to treat waterborne and other illnesses. It will also help to keep program schedules on time as centre staff and volunteers won’t have to travel to find clean water for preparing children’s snacks. Improved hygiene will also positively impact children’s physical growth as they will be ill less often.

What your gift will do

Your gift will help supply new sanitation facilities, clean water and water pump facilities for 6,000 children and their families at 24 Compassion centres in Ethiopia, including:

  • Clearing and removing top soil
  • Excavating soil for concrete footing
  • Removing excess soil
  • Pouring and reinforcing concrete footing and walls for latrine
  • Steel reinforcement
  • Applying three coats of plastering in cement mortar
  • Supplying and installing external ladder made of 25-millimetre GI pipe
  • Installing 3,000-litre and 1,000-litre roto water reservoirs

Logistics

  • Local contribution: US$4,506.92
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Ethiopia will ensure this intervention stays within budget.
  • Follow-up: : Experts will be hired to purchase and install roto tank (reservoirs), pumps and pipelines at each Compassion centre. A complementary intervention program specialist will guide church partners through implementation steps.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.