Gonbisa Kussaye is a small subsistence farming community (population 2,000) in Oromia, Ethiopia. Residents of Gonbisa Kussaye rely upon a muddy stream for their daily water supply – for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning clothes and dishes. Mothers and daughters walk several kilometers each day to fetch water for their families. The water is unfit for drinking, but it’s all they have. And they have to walk so far for their water that they can’t physically bring home enough to meet their daily needs. Lack of access to water means that this community is constantly struggling with diseases and constantly devoting multiple hours a day to a task that should only take minutes. They are trapped in a cycle of poverty, illness, and lack of opportunity. Keep reading…
Life is about to change dramatically for every resident of Gonbisa Kussaye. Because of the dire need, Gonbisa Kussaye has been chosen for a water project. The community members are ecstatic. They have been petitioning for years (at least as far back as 1970) to receive a water project and the day has finally arrived. With assistance from Covenant World Relief, this community will have a new deep well to serve as a water source. The water will be pumped to a 20,000 gallon storage/distribution tank. From there it will flow to nine public water points distributed about the community such that all residents are a 10-minute walk or less from a tap. Community members will operate and manage the system once it is completed. Gonbisa Kussaye residents are also building latrines at their homes to further improve health conditions. Another important element of the program is intensive hygiene education to instruct community members how to make the most of the new community resource – abundant and convenient, clean water.
The well was successfully drilled and tested in March 2012. Your support will help fund the remaining stages of project implementation – constructing the water tank, constructing 8 miles of pipeline, constructing the nine public water taps, training the community in the management of operation of a piped-water scheme, etc. If everything goes according to plan, public taps should be open for business in April 2013.
Drill a deep well more than 400 feet $45,180
Construct 6 water points $5,640
Construct a 7,500 gallon storage tank $6,100
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