Spring of Hope Project
4others is currently raising funds to bring clean water and improved sanitation to the Gosu Kora Primary School, as well as clean water to the surrounding Mengedo sub-locality in rural Ambo town, a community located in the West Shewa Zone of Ethiopia (see map). The total cost of this WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene) project is $96,000.00.
The Spring of Hope WASH Project will include a 2.2 kilometer extension of the current municipal water distribution pipeline into two areas that have never had access to clean water. The extension of this pipeline and the addition of two water access points will directly benefit more than 1,550 individuals, especially women and children who currently travel long distances to collect water from unsanitary sources.
The project will also include the construction of Boys & Girls VIP latrines (Ventilated Improved Pit latrines) at the school! The current latrines are completely inadequate for a school of this size (2 stalls for 460 students), and even lack doors for privacy. The new latrines will feature a separate block consisting of 5 regular stalls and 1 handicap accessible stall for each gender, for a total of 12 stalls. The girls latrine block will also include a wash room to facilitate menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Each block will also have a hand washing station.
To support the Spring of Hope WASH Project, DONATE HERE.
BACKGROUND: There is currently NO safe water source in this community. Women and children must walk as far as 1 hour in each direction to fetch water from an unclean river, or even farther (1-2 hours) to purchase water from a municipality water office. Most in this community use the river, due to the additional time and expense associated with a safer alternative. Since the river is also shared with animals, families suffer from an unending cycle of water-related illnesses. According to Zinash Feyera, Gosu Kora Kebele Health Extension Officer, "More than 60% of infections are related to water, hygiene and sanitation problems. Lack of clean water is a major problem in our community..."
Although a reliable water source (Huluka River) exists, and the municipality has a water treatment facility with a capacity for five times the current population, residents living in the rural areas are completely without access to potable water.
Without access to water at school, many thirsty students must leave the school compound during break (20-30 minutes) in search of water. If water cannot be found nearby, students will often return home after rehydrating, rather than face disciplinary action for returning late to school. Because of the urgent need to help these vulnerable children stay in school, 4others committed $31,000.00 to cover the first half of the cost of this project. This amount will enable our implementing partners to bring safe water to the school, a distance of just over 1 kilometer from the municipal pipeline source.
A call went out to our 4others community to help raise the funds for the remaining 1.2 km pipeline extension into the Mengedo community, and the construction of the second water access point. Thanks to a generous donor family who matched every donation 2:1, we were able to raise the remaining $31,000.00 to complete the safe water portion of this WASH project in just 14 days!
Now, we need YOUR help to construct new Boys & Girls LATRINES at the school! You can help cover the cost of these new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines by making a tax-deductible DONATION.
The project is being conducted in partnership with Water to Thrive, Stand for Vulnerable Organization, and the Ambo Urban Water Supply & Sewerage Service Enterprise. The plan includes the installation of 2.2 km of HDPE pipe, trench excavation, backfill, and the construction of a water access point and two "blocks" of VIP latrines at the Gosu Kora Primary School, as well as a second water access point in the nearby rural community. The project stakeholders have also agreed to give priority for job openings to the families of Spring of Hope children.
"Support the Spring of Hope Water Project" (brochure) (PDF)
"Support the Spring of Hope Water Project" (half-sheet flyer) (PDF)
Ambo Water Crisis (video)