Clean and safe drinking water is so common in the developed world, that most people take it for granted. However for a majority of those who live in rural Ethiopia, clean water is a luxury that is hard to come by.
This is a problem not only for impoverished Ethiopians, but also for their cattle, which are relied upon for milk, meat, and trade.
In an effort to alleviate the suffering of rural Ethiopians and help improve their economic situation, LIFE for Relief and Development has commissioned the digging of eight water wells in the center of the country. The wells are spread out across the Woreda area of the Bale Zone.
With the help of its partner on the ground, the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), LIFE was able to coordinate its efforts with regional authorities and local elders in the targeted areas in order to maximize the benefit of this project.
As a result of these eight new wells, some 16,000 people now have instant access to clean drinking water for themselves, and their herds. No longer do the women and children in these areas need to travel long distances only to retrieve a few gallons of water.
Smiles and cheers were widespread at the various ceremonies that were held to inaugurate the new wells. Community members appreciated the fact that LIFE’s donors were willing to help people in areas where most other non-governmental organizations do not provide assistance.