Features

This page is about stories of success, challenges and research findings. 



Visit to Kebar Keshmando Kebele in BG

Positive feelings and great expectations fill the visitors from Embassy of Finland, Regional WASH sector bureaus, COWASH Federal and Regional teams and Bambasi woreda water office when visiting in Gott 1 water scheme and Keshmando secondary school in Nebar Keshmando Kebele in Bambasi Woreda of Benishangul Gumuz Region.

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How are the women empowered in COWASH?

The gender dimension of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene is critical.  Women and girls bear the main burden for collecting water in households where water is collected from some distance. The time and energy devoted to perform this task is considerable that could be applied to productive and personal development activities.  Inadequate or no access to sanitation affects women and girls in many ways: they have to wait until dark to go to toilet and this leaves them vulnerable to attacks. They eat and drink less to avoid the need for day time toilet use. IN the absence of water and sanitation facilities, girls are most likely to miss classes if they are menstruating. Women also suffer during menstruation and pregnancy time. Access to water and improved sanitation services enable women and girls to lead healthier and dignified life.

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Story of Mohammed Babeker

Mohammed dichotomizes his likes for COWASH in two as personal and community. “Personally I have got a lot of things especially in areas of capacity building…I attended various training that enhanced my knowledge on WASH in general and community led accelerated WASH in particular….I like COWASH more because it is community centred and its programmes have a full buy-in from the community.” He added “COWASH increases ownership and hence the schemes are properly utilised and maintained; but what I feel to be the most important is creating community satisfaction is a bigger deal in COWASH.”

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Story of Feyera

Asked why he left the directorial position to join a Specialist position at COWASH, Feyera answered “I’m fond of the unique programme management approach COWASH employs… I’m son of a farmer and I always wanted to work directly with the community… I did not waste a second to work for COWASH to give back to my society”. He added “it was my dream to engage in community level intervention and to give back to my community who have given everything to educate me and to support me to reach where I am now” says Feyera reminiscing about his childhood memory.

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COWASH III Mid-Term Review

We, at COWASH Ethiopia, strive to improve programme results at different layers and periods in time. We are strenuous in promoting innovations, creativity and ensuring efficiency while keeping the balance of quality programme delivery Vis a Vis the most efficient investment possible. Hence why, we conduct periodic evaluation for incorporation of new learning and better management of existing and future funding. It is within this thinking that COWASH Ethiopia Phase III Midterm Evaluation meeting kicked off at Capital Hotel on 07 May 2018.

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Champion of Resilence

Guadie Demeke Amare (37) is a visually impaired, disability inclusion Trainer in COWASH’s Amhara region inclusion technical team. Talking about COWASH’s approach, Guadie said, “COWASH follows the existing government structure and doesn’t create a parallel system which often is confusing in other development projects”. He added; “it is unique, and highly participatory to the level of community ownership”. He supplemented; “COWASH’s success is cemented in its approach”.

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Women Led Water Supply

W/ro Zenash Abebe is the chairperson of the Debero-Garmojo water point. She is assisted by W/ro
Tatchi Gemeda (Treasurer), Ato Kebede Zeleke (Secretary) and other three WASHCO members. Together
they manage the water supply serving 30 households. This all takes place in Abichu Gena Woreda in Oromia Region.

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Case In Balance

Sanitation Marketing: A case in balance
To Tebere Berihe, the days ahead are brighter than the days gone by. The future beholds hope while the past still conjures up despair and a sense of helplessness. The mental transformation from the state of cluelessness to purposefulness has not been an easy work though.

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Water is Life-A magazine by Tigray Region Water Bureau

This is an outcome of a dedicated training given in COWASH Communications strategy to regional stakeholdesr with close collaboration with COWASH FTAT, RSUs and regional stakeholders in COWASH Phase III.

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Menageze RPS

Menageze RPS in Degua Tember woreda was inaugurated on September 24, 2017.

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