Features

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Water and Job

By Benti Ejeta

Medihanit Chekol, 22, is making a name for herself in a town. She is rising to fame by doing the kind of work most women might only have less aspiration for at first place. “It is not too difficult for women and not too easy for men,” says Medihanit with electrifying smile all over her face as she strongly rebuffs this notion.    

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A Dreams Comes True

By Benti Ejeta

Mintamir Muche, 35, is still regretful and resentful that her chance to go to school slipped away more than two de­cades ago. “Lack of access to safe water might have played a part in that misfortune,” she contemplates now. She was born and grown up in Yetiratir kebele, Bahir Dar Zuria district, Amhara region, a place where water was a scarce resource.

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In search of water

By Benti Ejeta

It was the eve of Easter in 2015. As usual, at 1 a.m., Sinidu Mohe, 49, was queuing up her yellow Jerry Can at the only water point in Nebar Keshmando. Until the tap attendant opens the water point which is four hours later, she wanted to go home and continue the preparation for the next festive. Halfway home, suddenly a roaring and groaning sound overtook her. The fiercest, and apparently starving hyenas as she calls it, are attacking her from left and right. “At once fear conquered me. My jaws shaking with fear and my knees are trembling under me. I was freezing to death,” Sinidu recounts. The guy from a neighbor who was accompanying his wife to the same water point helped her escape the attack.

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The Steward

By Benti Ejeta

It was the afternoon of 26 November 2014.  A team from Community-Led Accelerated WASH (COWASH) Project paid a visit to Gult-5 community of Yeloma kebele, Bahir Dar Zuria district in Amhara Region. There a woman with two years old son on her back was enthusiastically meeting and welcoming the team. She is known with the name Yelibe Yibelu. “I don’t know my age for sure. It may be 25? Or it may be more. Do you think I am in 30s?” says Yelibe who even lost the track of when she got married. 

 

 

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COWASH in Abichu gena Woreda

Abichu gena woreda is located in North Shoa zone of Oromia Region. COWASH started in Abichu gena woreda in 2005 EFY (2012-2013) and is now implementing the 3rd year in the Woreda. During the period of 2 years Abichu gena woreda has implemented 61 water points and the number of water points planned to be implemented this year (2014-2015) are 41. COWASH has accelerated the water supply access coverage in Abichu gena woreda from its lower percentage to 95 % and the woreda is optimistic that it will achieve the GTP targets due to COWASH assistance. In sanitation all households which have joined the water supply have also constructed toilets and in addition to this 2 school and 2 health facility latrines have been built and 2 kebeles have been declared ODF.

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.

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Experience sharing event on implementing high technologies through the CMP approach

Altogether 45 participants from governmetal offices, WaSH projects, NGOs, MFIs, academia and major donor organizations participated in the CMP high technology experience sharing event held on 19th June in Dukem. The main objective of the event was to create a platform for learning on how the CMP approach can be used for a broader selection of WaSH technologies.

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CMP trainings completed in Tigray and SNNPR regions

The Community-led Accelerated WaSH in Ethiopia (COWASH) project organized trainings in the two regions that are starting to implement the Community Managed Project (CMP) approach in their selected woredas this year. In Tigray, both CMP woredas, Ofla and Enda Mohoni, have planned to construct 20 water schemes each. In the SNNPR, Chencha and Arbaminch Zuria woredas both aim at 23 water schemes respectively.

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CMP promoted in the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille

The 6th World Water Forum in Marseille gathered more than 35 000 participants in March, 12.-17.3.2012. The forum was characterised by a strong mobilisation of the international political community and of civil society so as to make the cause of water and sanitation move forward during more than 400 sessions.

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COWASH kick-off, December 2011

The Community-led Accelerated WaSH (COWASH) in Ethiopia kicks off with more funding to support the scaling up of the CMP approach in the whole country.

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Rural Water Supply Network Forum 2011

Reflections on the 6th Rural Water Supply Network forum and implications for CMP implementation in Ethiopia.

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