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

Story from Abichu Gnea Woreda of Oromia Region

COWASH Ethiopia together with the Oromia Regional Support Unit, (RSU), hosted a successful field visit to Hanna Ojanperä, Team Leader, Horn of Africa, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. We also had the privilege to have the company of Ms. Marjaana Pekkola, Advisor, Water, Land Administration, Agricultural Growth, and Arto Valjas, Desk Officer, Trade and Development, from Embassy of Finland. We were thoroughly briefed on the Abichu Gnea WASH activities by the Woreda Officials.

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FB story from Guagusha Shikudad woreda

Dear Facebook friends and COWASH Families, as per our promise to share the field visit findings of the Amhara Regional Communications Network, (RCCN) story, today we are sharing the third episode of the story below in Amharic.

For those of you who ca not read Amharic, the report is briefly translated below.

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FB story from Dejen woreda

Dear Facebook friends and COWASH Families; hope you had a blessed Fasika/Passover/Ethiopian Easter Celebration. It is our earnest hope that you join our journey and continue sharing our success and challenges.

Today, we are excited to share a story written by Amhara Regional Communications team, Amhara Water Bureau Communications Office, from their field visit in COWASH Woreda and Zones. We thank the Amhara Regional Communications Network for rolling this out.

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FB story from Fogera

Sharing a story written in Amharic by Amhara Regional COWASH Communications Network (RCCN); Great start and job by Amhara RCCN team- Adem Worku, thank you for your leadership on this. I will share the rest of the stories as well.

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Walk with an International Auditor

Walk with an International Auditor, COWASH Ethiopia.

In COWASH, we work hard, pause for moments, review our programmes and financial walk and continue going forward; an exhilarating experience with an international Auditor from Finland, Mr Taavi Leinikka. Story developed by Melaku Tekola, Federal COWASH Communications and Knowledge Management Adviser.

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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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