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42.5 million people in Ethiopia lack access to clean water and 79% do not have access to adequate sanitation services. Our projects have focused on the Somali region and West Harerghe Zone in Ethiopia, collaborating with local partners to deliver a range of support including rehabilitation of natural springs, birkads and damaged pipelines and constructing wells, solar pumps and reservoirs.

£180,000 invested to date

West Harerghe

West Harerghe, Oromia, Ethiopia

Harshin District, Fafen Zone

Harshin District, Fafen Zone

Somali Region

Somali Region, Ethiopia

37,367 lives changed

Project details

Somali Region

Somali Region is located in the eastern and South-Eastern parts of Ethiopia. In this disaster-prone part of the country, the deterioration in food and income security and increasing vulnerability is linked to a number of factors including climate change, frequent and prolonged drought shocks, degraded natural resources, population increase, and limited access to basic services, marginalisation and poor market access.

Access to clean water and sanitation in Ethiopia is amongst the lowest in the world, which meant the country was particularly badly hit in the 2011 Horn of Africa drought. Without adequate water and sanitation, communities live precariously and struggle to develop sustainable systems as they instead battle with illness and water scarcity on a daily basis.


  • Rehabilitating and developing strategic water schemes that increase long-term access to potable water for 29,500 drought-vulnerable people.
  • Mobilising effective community led Operation and Maintenance (O&M) systems to ensure sustainable use of water schemes.
  • Promotion and awareness on water hygiene amongst communities to reduce the spread of waterborne diseases.
  • Training of Water Management Committees (WASHCOs) in all 11 villages to manage and maintain the new water infrastructure built.
  • Public health promotion plans implemented in three villages, reaching 7,290 people.


Harshin District, Fafen Zone

  • Rehabilitation of five communal birkads (man-made water tanks) and the installation of filters and washer pumps to reduce the contamination of water, serving 10,000 people.


Hadigala District, Siti Zone

  • Rehabilitation of a natural spring in Waruff village. Rehabilitation of three existing traditional shallow wells and the construction of a reservoir with solar pumping system in Hoore village, serving 12,000 people.

Biyo-diidley, Aysha District, Siti Zone

  • Rehabilitation of a 50m pipeline, water network and spring catchment protection, serving 7,500 people.


Hawi Gudina district, West Harerghe Zone

The Hawi Gudina district was massively affected by the 2011 crisis – the specific communities live in remote areas and are battling daily with no water access. Lack of safe drinking water supply constitutes a serious problem where the vast majority of the communities do not have access to potable water supply. Just 10% of the population have access to safe water. Only 20% of the population have access to sanitary facilities and instead openly defecate. There is a low level of awareness and practice with regard to hygiene and sanitation, and as a result many children under the age of five suffer from diarrhoea.


  • Increase access to safe, clean water for 7,000 people through the construction of one new hand dug well (HDW) and three roof water harvesting systems; and through the rehabilitation of existing water systems and through the distribution of household water treatment kits.
  • Improve sanitation for 7,000 people through the construction of one latrine block in one school and one latrine block in a health centre; setting up water, sanitation and hygiene clubs in schools; and working through government health ‘armies’ to raise awareness in communities of good hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • Strengthen local capacities to manage water sources for sustained functionality through the establishment and training of Water Sanitation Commitees in communities, training community members on water point maintenance and establishing a steering committee, including community members and local government staff to increase sustainability.