In 1990, Ethiopia emerged from civil war as one of the least developed and most impoverished countries in the world. Since then the country has made tremendous progress in fighting poverty, with the expansion of clean water sources serving as a major driver. In just over 20 years access to water has increased from less than 15% to nearly 50%. But as the second most populous country in Africa, there are still tens of millions of people who rely on dirty sources of water.

Access to clean water in Ethiopia reduces water collection time and disease burden, creating transformational change in education, gender equality, and household income. Supporting access to clean water in Ethiopia builds a critical foundation for future development and prosperity.




Gasi Spring, Ethiopia

What was once a mud pit is now producing so much water that our partners are building things like community showers and clothes washing stations.

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About Ethiopia

  • 98,942,100 national population
  • 37% live below poverty line*
  • * Living below the poverty line is defined as earning less than $1.25/day.
  • 51% of rural lack access to water *
  • 72% of rural lack sanitation *
  • * We work almost exclusively in rural areas, where the need for clean water is incredibly great.

Our Work Here

  • Started working in 2007
  • 2,126,679 people served
  • 6,945 projects funded
  • $60,952,706 invested